Record number of fines, suspensions h...

Record number of fines, suspensions handed out

There are 6 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 14, 2007, titled Record number of fines, suspensions handed out. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Daytona International Speedway Michael Waltrip penalized 100 points and his car confiscated for fuel violation.

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Staten Island, NY

#1 Jul 27, 2007
"It's unfortunate it gets branded as cheating when it's more about people taking the rules too far." Isn't this saying the same thing?

Erie, PA

#2 Jul 27, 2007
RGR wrote:
"It's unfortunate it gets branded as cheating when it's more about people taking the rules too far." Isn't this saying the same thing?
Cheating is cheating no matter what shape or form.

Camden, AR

#3 Jul 27, 2007
The officials of NASCAR are turning into dictatorial tyrants. Even they don't know what there rules are supposed to be and change them from one time to the next. If the rules aren't clear, how can they be cited for going too far?
If the teams do something during setup and inspection that NASCAR deems wrong, allow them to fix it. If they then do something after that and during the race, then invoke the penalties. With Helton and his crowd, it is more about power and who is the boss than anything else.

Palo Alto, CA

#4 Jul 27, 2007
I think this article missing the point. Fans are thinking the races are fixed ( tweaked ) more then they are cheating.

The sytem is setup against the little guy.

For example the top 35 rule was setup to keep new comers out and keep the old guard in.

Racing is all about the fastest that bay not what you have did in the past

United States

#5 Jul 27, 2007
He's just worried that it will decrease his fan base and all the money he makes off merchandise. Funny, that only a certain few teams have been penalized for modifying their cars too much. If it was 35 out of 43 drivers on the field, then I'd be more inclined to feel he was correct in the rules not being clear. With it only being a handful, someone is lying!

Kansas City, MO

#6 Jul 27, 2007
Carolyn wrote:
<quoted text>Cheating is cheating no matter what shape or form.
In order to cheat you have to violate a hard and fast rule.

The Hendricks teams were severely punished for being in what NASCAR claimed was a "gray" area of certain rules.

Punishable rules violations are based on infractions of "black and white" rules, not gray areas.

NASCAR's problem is that they live in a world of arbitrary rules, making many of them up on the fly.

The history of racing has been about innovation; resulting in new ways to find speed. NASCAR's existence is about control and conformity which they believe will allow them to entertain, market, and fill their coffers. It's not about racing.

The mistake they have made is that the very group they are targeting has the attention span of a gnat. They are not true racing fans which means they will be moving on in time to the next glitzy promotion. Meanwhile, the true racing fans will find their way to where true racing exists, which is primarily the short tracks on Friday and Saturday nights.

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