Chase gets a different set of rules right?
Same rules apply to everyone. But like I said earlier, we can't just paint everything with such a broad brush. You can flick someone's shin or you could punch their throat. Technically they are both assault, but let's use our brains here. Context matters. But yeah, let's point to the rulebook and say it's all equal.
That's the Joey Logano line of thinking. Instead of an eye for an eye, it's an eye for a heart. You run me high against the wall, I'll punt you out of the way and ruin your day. And don't even think about getting me back because I'll just repay the favor twice as hard....again.
But I'll get back to the topic of BS penalties.....such as Byron tapping Hamlin under caution, causing a harmless spin, and he is penalized? All because Byron didn't insult anyone's intelligence by lying about it afterwards, he was man enough to admit it was intentional. How about NASCAR starts judging intent again like they used to? Why did he get penalized for stating the obvious?
And let's consider the alternative....Byron retaliates under race conditions and wrecks Hamlin at speed. Then we have a torn up race car, potentially an injury....but no penalty since it was under green. Yeah, that makes all the sense in the world.