NASCAR driver still parked by large fine

Jun 19, 2009 Full story: www.statesman.com

Rangers name owner's suite after Bush. Nascar driver is still parked NASCAR low-budget, long-shot driver Carl Long had his suspension reduced from a record 12 races to eight, but his record $200,000 fine remains.

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#1 Jun 19, 2009
I don't think Brian France cares so much about the sport as he does just making money anyway he can from it. It's not like Carl Long was a big shot driver contending for wins every week.

As the realization that the National Stock Car Commission on Tuesday upheld the record 200-point,$200,000 penalty against him sunk in, Carl Long became increasingly frustrated. Frustration turned to anger. In minutes, he was livid. "Big Bill [France, NASCAR founder] and Bill Jr. ruled the sport like a father -- at the end of the day they took care of their family," Long said. "These guys don't care. They don't have any heart. Basically, it seems like they don't care about the sport, they just want to make a dollar. I truly have a sour taste of the management in our sport. They've forgotten the roots of how this sport was created, and who are the people buying the tickets, sitting in the stands. The people in the stands are me." Multiple calls to NASCAR for comment were not immediately returned. When Long had to change engines prior to the Sprint Showdown, NASCAR surveyed the first engine and determined it to be illegal. He was confident entering Tuesday's appeals hearing. He thought he'd go in, plead his case, and come out with nothing more than a revamped concept of the lucrative engine-building-and-selling business in NASCAR. Not so.

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