Returning the favor: Josh Williams delivers pizza to NASCAR at Richmond

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - APRIL 01: Josh Williams, driver of the #92 Call 811/Alloy Employer Chevrolet, waves to fans as he walks onstage during driver intros prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway on April 01, 2023 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Xfinity Series driver Josh Williams didn’t agree when NASCAR black-flagged him for dropping debris on the track at Atlanta after getting collected in an early wreck. So instead of pulling into the garage, he parked his car on the frontstretch and walked back to the pits.

Naturally, NASCAR called him to the hauler for a discussion. That ominous summons resulted in a one-week suspension that meant he wasn’t racing at Circuit of The Americas.

“I don’t take it back,” Williams said. “I was upset, and I thought that it wasn’t a correct penalty. I felt like we were a victim of other circumstances that we couldn’t control and that NASCAR couldn’t control.”

But instead of wallowing in that, Williams decided to make the best of the situation when he came back to Richmond.

That started with, of all things, a sponsorship announcement. He and teammate Alex Labbe will both ironically be sporting Parking Guidance Systems, a company that provides consultation for parking facilities. For Josh, though, they’ll help him find some more publicity, and, hopefully, some more fans.

“Thankfully I won’t have to worry about parking it in the wrong spot anymore,” Williams said in the sardonic official announcement. “Working with them is going to be a blast on and off the track supporting great causes. Welcome to the DGM family. Now, let’s ‘Park It’ in Victory Lane.”

But that’s not all. While at Richmond, Williams wanted to make sure that there were no hard feelings at the NASCAR hauler.

During the visit, which he called a “learning experience,” he highlighted how he was offered some pizza. So at Richmond, he came to the hauler and the media center with a delivery bag full of Papa John’s pizza.

“It’s good to be back,” Williams commented on Twitter. And there certainly were a lot more smiles in his second visit to the hauler.

Owen Johnson