NASCAR Makes Passing Policy Clear

NASCAR Makes Passing Policy Clear

There are 108 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Oct 7, 2008, titled NASCAR Makes Passing Policy Clear. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

The speech hasn't changed since NASCAR first delivered it during a 2001 driver's meeting at Daytona.

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deb

Bethalto, IL

#1 Oct 7, 2008
its a big rip off...........tony pushed regan smith off the track, the kid passed him and had the lane and tony wasnt having it, tony cheated and got away with it again...................

Since: Sep 08

Grants, NM

#2 Oct 7, 2008
deb wrote:
its a big rip off..........tony pushed regan smith off the track, the kid passed him and had the lane and tony wasnt having it, tony cheated and got away with it again..........
Well at least all the cheating is not done by hendricks....
Linda

Valdosta, GA

#3 Oct 7, 2008
Stewart forced Smith below the yellow line, plain and simple! I've watched it over and over. Stewart was mad and threw his gloves at first because HE knew he lost. Talladega was Smith's win!! NASCAR really messed up this time! Some fans are saying that racing is "rigged or fixed", I'm beginning to believe it.

“Smoke and the Rocketman”

Since: Jan 07

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#4 Oct 7, 2008
Regan chose the side of Tony's car to pass on... there was PLENTY of room to the right... why didn't Regan choose that side??? Tony did nothing different than any other driver who has ever won at Dega.. Regan had control of his steering wheel and his brake pedal.. he chose to go below the yellow line... which has been illegal since 2001 in restictor plate races.
Curious

Montclair, NJ

#5 Oct 7, 2008
Linda wrote:
Stewart forced Smith below the yellow line, plain and simple! I've watched it over and over. Stewart was mad and threw his gloves at first because HE knew he lost. Talladega was Smith's win!! NASCAR really messed up this time! Some fans are saying that racing is "rigged or fixed", I'm beginning to believe it.
I starting to agree with all those conspiracy theories!!!! NASCAR is a big business....it will do what it can to get the big money sponsor's names up front. If we understand this, we will never be shocked again at any of their decisions.
Trampee

Cornelius, NC

#6 Oct 7, 2008
Waaah! Waah! Waaaah! Who cares what you think. Go cry about it over at the Regan Smith board. If he even has one.

“where's the ball”

Since: Jun 08

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#7 Oct 7, 2008
Debi Does wrote:
Regan chose the side of Tony's car to pass on... there was PLENTY of room to the right... why didn't Regan choose that side??? Tony did nothing different than any other driver who has ever won at Dega.. Regan had control of his steering wheel and his brake pedal.. he chose to go below the yellow line... which has been illegal since 2001 in restictor plate races.
Right on Deb. Wow, the doll in your avatar looks just like Tony Stewart.

Since: Oct 08

Coventry, RI

#8 Oct 7, 2008
It's all about marketing. There's no way NASCAR would rule for a young, scrappy, unpopular driver who can barely keep a secondary sponsor over one of the sport's most popular drivers and highest paying sposnors (Home Depot)? It's one of the things I hate the most about NASCAR. No matter what those drivers say in their victory lane speeches ("I'd like to thank the fans - the reason we're here today!") or those feel-good "My NASCAR" commercials tell us, it really is about the sponsors and marketing more than good racing - or even the fans.
wwe nascar

Newington, CT

#9 Oct 7, 2008
Look at the replay, Stewart did not give him a full lower line, hence the pass below the line. He could have tried on the outside. Smith loses.

That being said, the title of the story is a pipe dream. NASCAR clear on the passing rule until they change their minds, at their discretion, at a time of their choosing, without notice.
Live4Racin

Kansas City, MO

#10 Oct 7, 2008
You first of all need to understand that on the final lap or any lap in that matter if the guy in front of you doesn't want you to pass him he can and will cut you off.. This is only called Sunday driving due to the day of the week. Tony cut him off high and cut him off low plain and simple anyone who drives or races knows and saw this. Tony was in his way before he got into the left rear quarter, then Smith being a rookie said I am goin for it. He was wrong he should have backed off and been happy with second. But no he "thought" he knew the rules. I run NASCAR on paved tracks and this is always the rule. Taledega and Daytona are too fast and have the room below the yellow to do this, this is why the rule was made in '01. Weekend couch racers need to get a copy of the Nascar rule book like I have and read it. I do feel sorry for Smith and the only reason Tony thought he lost was because he couldn't see that Smith went way out of the line to pass. Congratulations Tony!
George

Jesup, GA

#11 Oct 7, 2008
So the rule will change for chase racer but not for non-chase racer so they are go to let tony Stewart push Regan Smith down below the yellow line.then say that Regan Smith at wrong for try to come back after get push down below the yellow line that is not right.
Jo Jo

Twinsburg, OH

#12 Oct 7, 2008
I watched the race too.Smoke is not my no 1 driver.I agree He has a stearing wheel he chose to go below the lineBlocking is raceing.Blocking is raceing I happens every race.
George

Jesup, GA

#13 Oct 7, 2008
so your are say it is are right to force another car down below the yellow line like tony Stewart did to Regan Smith so that right mr. rule book man

Since: Jan 07

Location hidden

#14 Oct 7, 2008
Jo Jo wrote:
I watched the race too.Smoke is not my no 1 driver.I agree He has a stearing wheel he chose to go below the lineBlocking is raceing.Blocking is raceing I happens every race.
Hey haven't seen you around in a while. How's it going?

You're right about the blocking, seems like a lot of people think Tony should have just pulled over and let him have it.

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#15 Oct 7, 2008
George wrote:
so your are say it is are right to force another car down below the yellow line like tony Stewart did to Regan Smith so that right mr. rule book man
No, it is just illegal to pass another driver under the yellow line-period.
SteelerFan

Avon, CT

#16 Oct 7, 2008
Didn't Kyle Busch drop below the yellow line at Daytona to pass Jeff Burton on the final restart? No one complained about that ...
wwe nascar

Newington, CT

#17 Oct 7, 2008
George wrote:
So the rule will change for chase racer but not for non-chase racer so they are go to let tony Stewart push Regan Smith down below the yellow line.then say that Regan Smith at wrong for try to come back after get push down below the yellow line that is not right.
the only reason he was forced is because the lower line was taken by stewart. he was not on the inside of stewart when the line was closed, the line was never open, that's why he went out of bounds. he should have slowed up and gotten a run with his teammate. Smith loses.

however, if that was the 88 they might have ruled differently

“Smoke and the Rocketman”

Since: Jan 07

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#18 Oct 7, 2008
Linda wrote:
Stewart forced Smith below the yellow line, plain and simple! I've watched it over and over. Stewart was mad and threw his gloves at first because HE knew he lost. Talladega was Smith's win!! NASCAR really messed up this time! Some fans are saying that racing is "rigged or fixed", I'm beginning to believe it.
no, Tony KNEW he WON because he KNEW Regan was below the yellow line but with NASCAR Tony knows to not count your chickens before they hatch..
Les2

Cortland, OH

#19 Oct 7, 2008
wwe nascar wrote:
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the only reason he was forced is because the lower line was taken by stewart. he was not on the inside of stewart when the line was closed, the line was never open, that's why he went out of bounds. he should have slowed up and gotten a run with his teammate. Smith loses.
however, if that was the 88 they might have ruled differently
You must have vision problems? Do I need to show your the video of the finish? Regan had a nose in on tony but being the nice guy he ws he avoided a wreck and dropped below the line.
Junior Nation

United States

#20 Oct 7, 2008
Live4Racin wrote:
You first of all need to understand that on the final lap or any lap in that matter if the guy in front of you doesn't want you to pass him he can and will cut you off.. This is only called Sunday driving due to the day of the week. Tony cut him off high and cut him off low plain and simple anyone who drives or races knows and saw this. Tony was in his way before he got into the left rear quarter, then Smith being a rookie said I am goin for it. He was wrong he should have backed off and been happy with second. But no he "thought" he knew the rules. I run NASCAR on paved tracks and this is always the rule. Taledega and Daytona are too fast and have the room below the yellow to do this, this is why the rule was made in '01. Weekend couch racers need to get a copy of the Nascar rule book like I have and read it. I do feel sorry for Smith and the only reason Tony thought he lost was because he couldn't see that Smith went way out of the line to pass. Congratulations Tony!
Actually on the last lap if you can see the checkered flag you can go below the yellow line. RS said he saw it and NASCAR said he didn't. Of course I'm not RS so I can't say for sure what his eyes saw but looking at the replay it sure looked like he was close enough to be able to see it.

Like GB said last night on This Week In NASCAR. NASCAR just gave the green light to wreck people going for the checkered flag.

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