NASCAR Shows Once Again That It's Never Wrong

josh davisContributor IJuly 31, 2010

LONG POND, PA - JULY 31:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on July 31, 2010 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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In another unsurprising move by NASCAR, the governing body decided to fine 2 drivers for speaking their mind.

Names finally released as Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Newman.

NASCAR had stated they were doing this anonymously because they viewed it as something that should be kept private.


Praised in public, berated in private, but if no one knows why, how's that going to fix it?

Newman had previously questioned whether the spring Talladega race ended in a way that was good for the sport and the fans. Whether that kind of racing was what the fans wanted to see.

Hamlin had complained about a phantom "debris" caution late at Chicagoland.

I wonder if I will be fined by writing this article, because even though NASCAR thinks what Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman said will hurt it's image, fans have been saying this for years.

NASCAR again shows how it is "holier-than-thou" by telling the drivers to "have at it" and speak your mind. But, only do it how I want you to do it (I refer to NASCAR as if it were a person, because his name is Brian France).

Frankly, NASCAR has hurt it's own image. Many long-time fans don't watch or want to go to races anymore because of the changes that have been made since Brian France came into power.

Some changes are good. Some are inevitable. Some are just bad.

If a driver is supposed to be able to speak his mind, then let him do so, don't fine him because your feelings were hurt. Neither of their statements has done any more damage to the sport than what NASCAR hasn't already done.

NASCAR has historically made wrong decisions. Handed out fines without merit, suspensions, even lawsuits, that if there really was someone policing them, the punishments would be thrown out. And NASCAR has yet to admit any wrong-doing in ANYTHING.

Last year, over 25 cars were caught speeding in one race in the Nationwide series. Twenty-five. Are you seriously telling me that 20+ teams had their pit-road speeds wrong?

I don't buy it.And did NASCAR even check to make sure their equipment was working properly? No, just said, we are right, you were speeding. it's right here on my computer that is never wrong.

The lawsuit with Jeremy Mayfield, NASCAR would never even think about making a 100% fool-proof test by impartial testing facility possible because there's no way NASCAR can be wrong.

I'm a fan. Former employee, if-you-will. I always will be because I love stock-car racing.

But quit playing this role. It's not healthy for your sport.

I understand you gotta show people that you are in charge, but, did the MLB fine that ump who blew the call on that guys perfect game? He admitted he blew it.

That's bad for the sports image, but there was no fine. Because he was right. He did blow the call.

Hamlin was right, too. There are a lot of late cautions for things that NASCAR has yet to even prove there was a reason for. Don't get me wrong, err on the side of safety, but show us what you thought was debris.

Or if you are doing it just to tighten up the field, by all means, just admit it. We don't care. Just tell us, hey, this thing has stretched out too far, we are afraid you'll change your channels, so, we are going to throw a caution.

I would like to fine NASCAR $150,000 for actions detrimental to it's sport. Because if it keeps this kind of thing up, there won't be many fans left.