Welcome to my first blog. Those of you that know me know I have followed the sport of NASCAR for years and used to provide some insight on the old sportsline website before taking a couple of years sabbatical. Those of you that don't, get ready to hear nothing but the truth behind the problems with NASCAR owning there entire sport and creating and changing rules as they best see fit.
I am writing today's entry during the rain delay here on lap 152. During yesterday's Nationwide race at Daytona, Jason Leffler received a 5 lap penalty for rough driving by bumping and crashing Steve Wallace out of the race. TV announcers immediately placed blame on Leffler showing the incident over and over. Remember Steve's dad works for the network, so intentionally or not there has to be some sort of bias as to whose fault the incident was by the network. Now NASCAR doesn't want a Wallace knocked out of the race without some consequence because of the number of times the network mentioned it was not his own fault. Subsequently, NASCAR penalized Jason Leffler 5 laps for the one bump. Whichever way you feel, and you could call it either way, NASCAR showed how they would rule on incidents like this; however, as followers of the sport know NASCAR rarely establishes standing precedents.
Today, Dale Earnhardt Jr. attempted to pass Brian Vickers and failed when Brian blocked him. In the process, Dale bumped Brian on the way down and ran into him again hard on the way back up, causing a much larger wreck. Twice the number of unnecessary hits as Jason Leffler, yet no penalty. Why? I am sure NASCAR will have some excuse beyond Leffler's name is not Wallace or Earnhardt.
Personally I don't care if NASCAR gave a penalty or not, but I do care that they are not consistent. Either penalize both drivers or neither. Some people still say NASCAR is not a sport; by establishing precedents and following them they will gain significant credibility that they now lack.