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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Chris

Long Beach, CA

#111 Oct 10, 2008
I think Regan Smith should have wrecked Tony Stewart, that is what would have given him the win, it would of been nerve racking, but he would have won and put NASCAR to the test of their rules or inconsistency. He was clearly forced below the line and Tony admitted it, so Tony should have suffered for blocking. Brian Vickers got his 1st and only win in NASCAR during another Dega event when Jimmy and Jr. wrecked on the last lap, all victims of blocking. It would even been better if Regan wrecked along with Tony and finished in 1st or second instead of 18th or 19th.

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Raleigh

#112 Oct 10, 2008
Junior Nation wrote:
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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.
Whether or not you can see the finish line has absolutely nothing to do with whether you can pass below the yellow line at a restrictor plate track. The rule is and always has been, you can go below the yellow line and advance your position whether you are force down there or go down there of your own choicing. Moving to block another car is absolutely legal and is what Tony Stewart did. He doesn't deny that, he admitted that right after the race finish. The moment Smith pulled a head of Tony while down below the line and then pulled back up ahead of Tony in the racing groove, he threw his race away. Smith had a choice, back off, spin Tony or take his chances below the line.
Nascartoon

Lakeville, MI

#113 Oct 10, 2008
Chris wrote:
I think Regan Smith should have wrecked Tony Stewart, that is what would have given him the win, it would of been nerve racking, but he would have won and put NASCAR to the test of their rules or inconsistency. He was clearly forced below the line and Tony admitted it, so Tony should have suffered for blocking. Brian Vickers got his 1st and only win in NASCAR during another Dega event when Jimmy and Jr. wrecked on the last lap, all victims of blocking. It would even been better if Regan wrecked along with Tony and finished in 1st or second instead of 18th or 19th.
Jimmie and Jr. wrecking had nothing to do with blocking. Brian Vickers shoddy driving was to sole cause of that wreck. He probably stole a win away from Jimmie and most certainly cost Jr. a 3rd place, at worst, if not a win. Regan was very smart in what he did at Talladega. People who aren't in those cars going at that speed, seem to think these guys should potentially hurt or kill someone any time they feel. Look at Denny Hamlin who nearly got seriously hurt. Maybe Regan doesn't want crippling or killing someone on his conscience by doing something he could avoid and still have a good shot at winning. The funny thing to me is, how many people have called Regan a whiner and complainer, for making what was a really smart move. Tony Stewart fans especially, should be thanking this kid for his good decision making. He could easily have wrecked himself, Tony and many others.
Nascartoon

Lakeville, MI

#114 Oct 10, 2008
ROFL! I find the title of this board hilarious. "Nascar makes passing policy clear." Anyone who doesn't find that funny, needs to go see their doctor immediately. Yea! They've made it clear until the next judgment call that fans, media and teams shake their heads about. We all know that those drivers involved are going to argue their case in a way that benefits them, but when uninvolved parties in the sport can't agree, I think we're very far from it being clear. Fans are the same. Believe me, if Tony had passed Regan like that at the end, they'd be up in arms about how he won. I know they'll deny it and a few will actually be genuine, but the majority think whatever benefits their driver is right. That's why discussions like this never go anywhere. People are always biased toward want they want, not what is really fair.

Since: Feb 08

Hypoluxo Fl

#115 Oct 10, 2008
Let's eliminate the yellow line contoversy altogether. Hey y'all, put the line on the grass. No passing ever.
Nascartoon

Lakeville, MI

#116 Oct 10, 2008
Nascartoon wrote:
ROFL! I find the title of this board hilarious. "Nascar makes passing policy clear." Anyone who doesn't find that funny, needs to go see their doctor immediately. Yea! They've made it clear until the next judgment call that fans, media and teams shake their heads about. We all know that those drivers involved are going to argue their case in a way that benefits them, but when uninvolved parties in the sport can't agree, I think we're very far from it being clear. Fans are the same. Believe me, if Tony had passed Regan like that at the end, they'd be up in arms about how he won. I know they'll deny it and a few will actually be genuine, but the majority think whatever benefits their driver is right. That's why discussions like this never go anywhere. People are always biased toward want they want, not what is really fair.
Oh! Thought I should add on a bit here. That also works the other way around. Their are plenty of people coming out in support of Regan because they don't want Tony to be the winner too. Bias works both ways. Many of them will deny it also and like I said before, a some will be genuine.
swainfan101

Falkland, NC

#117 Oct 10, 2008
bonehead wrote:
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Very well stated
Why, Thank You!
Mary

Richmond, VA

#118 Oct 14, 2008
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You got that from Bobby Hamilton Jr. when he said that about Menard after Menard took him out in a Nashville race in 2007, didn't you?

Uh-oh! My own memory failed me a bit!

I do recall Bobby Hamilton Jr. saying something about a driver's parents giving him a ride & thats why the driver was in NASCAR... but I had forgotten he was talking about Kyle Krisiloff, not Paul Menard. I had also forgotten that the incident took place at Memphis, not Nashville.

I apologize to all you Paul Menard fans for the mix up, my bad!

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