NASCAR robs Regan Smith at Talladega

NASCAR robs Regan Smith at Talladega

Created by NASCAR fan on Oct 5, 2008

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Evan Williams

Gallatin, TN

#1 Oct 5, 2008
Regan won. No questions, Tony blocked and put him below the line. It was legal for Regan to continue below the line and I don't care how you spin it. Nascrap officialy made a huge f-up today and I hope that DEI appeals the result of this race.

South Glens Falls, NY

#2 Oct 5, 2008
I believe Regan Smith should have won with out a doubt. Steward blocked him to cause him to go below the Yellow Line and Smith went way below to avoid a crash. He could have turned to the right into Stewart, that may have bee the big one. If the positions were in reverse I hope would say Stewart was the winner.

Iron Mountain, MI

#3 Oct 5, 2008
Reagan Smith won that race!!!!

Olympia, WA

#4 Oct 5, 2008
Dear Tony Stewart
We have a going away gift. You win Talledaga. Good luck in life next year is the beginning of the end!!!

Montgomery, AL

#5 Oct 5, 2008
you can't advance your position below the yellow, what's his name did, what's so hard to see about that?

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#6 Oct 5, 2008
Smith won, bad call NASCAR
Rip Nascar

Olympia, WA

#7 Oct 5, 2008
"If you can see the checkered flag on the last lap, anything goes," according to NASCAR spokesman Owen Kearns.
Regan Smith

Schaumburg, IL

#8 Oct 5, 2008
Yes, NASCAR robbed me.

United States

#10 Oct 5, 2008
regan won and i really dont care what he was driving

United States

#11 Oct 5, 2008
go dirt you just as well be watching the race for prez as this stuff its all the same

Iron Mountain, MI

#12 Oct 5, 2008
Nascar doesn't play by their own rules.......Regan you won today........I hope DEI will try and appeal this!


Since: Jun 07


#13 Oct 5, 2008
Regan did not win. NASCAR's rules says there is no penalty for going being forced below the yellow line but you can not advance your position. If it had not been the end of the race he would have either had to give Smoke back the spot or get penalized. That's racing.

Fort Worth, TX

#14 Oct 5, 2008
Why do people cripe and carry on when they apparently don't even know what the rules are? Anyone that's followed NASCAR for more than one season knows about the yellow line at Dega and Daytona. First you gripe because Jr. WINS a race by dropping down (legal because he wasn't at Dega or Daytona) and now you whine because someone didn't win by dropping down. Thank God NASCAR is more consistant than fans. Get your facts straight. Kenny Wallace said on Victory Lane that it is addressed in the drivers meeeting and they make a point of saying that the yellow line at Dega is different than the white line at other tracks. A bummer of a deal for Smith and DEI. I would have loved to see DEI pull out and finish 1 2 3. Smith's inexperience beat him, not NASCAR.

Since: May 07

Spokane, WA

#15 Oct 5, 2008
NASCAR officials stated in the drivers meeting today, that you can not advance your position by pasing below the yellow line, EVEN on the last lap. Regan was at the meeting, he knew this. He did a great job today none the less.

Rochester, MI

#16 Oct 5, 2008
The rule is that you can't advance your position below the yellow line, but if your forced down there (which is determined by the governing body) you can indeed advance your position. I can't speak for anyone else, but I felt that Regan was forced down there and should indeed be the winner.

Niagara Falls, Canada

#17 Oct 5, 2008
What would have happened if Stewart was passed by jr? Nascar has lost control they make rules to fit with what they belive the fans that are left want to see.Smith got robbed.... no doubt...

Goldsboro, NC

#18 Oct 5, 2008
if it would have been jimmie johnson or carl edwards contending for the win there would have been more thought put into the winner

total BS

Syracuse, NY

#19 Oct 5, 2008
Next time.... I'll bet you that Regan Smith holds his line. And we can watch Tony Stewart tumble across the infield, and listen to Tony cry about it for a week.

Since: Aug 08

Baltimore, MD

#20 Oct 5, 2008
Regan Smith wrote:
Yes, NASCAR robbed me.
you are right,next time let him hit you.

Rochester, MI

#21 Oct 5, 2008
Let's not blame Tony here. He did exactly what he needed to do for a victory. He didn't make the decision, inconsistent Nascar officials did. Look back to 2003 when Dale Jr. wasn't penalized for going below the yellow to gain the lead in the Aaron's 499. Funny how when your popular, those supposedly illegal moves are ok. Plain and simple. The drivers are in no way to blame, but the inconsistency of Nascar, in decision making, is down right ridiculous. How can a driver be expected to obey a rule that you've never been able to lay out in any consistent, meaningful way. Why do you think Nascar doesn't release the rules to the general public? It gives them the power to interpret the rules however they see fit, with little argument from the fan-base. The sad thing is: Even the drivers and crews can't agree on what the rules are. One thinks this, the other thinks that, etc... There have also been incidents where Nascar has penalized people passing below the yellow when they were forced down there. Nascar needs to get their crap together and either define the rule more clearly, or enforce it consistently (which pretty much amounts to the same thing as defining it.) I can't help but wonder, if the situation was reversed and Tony passed Regan like that at the end, would the winner still be the same?

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