June 26, 2007

Gordon, JJ lose 100 points; crew chiefs suspended six races: Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were docked 100 points each Tuesday, and their crew chiefs were both fined $100,000 and suspended for six races for violations at Infineon Raceway.

posted by STUNNER to auto racing at 03:08 PM - 6 comments

Careful how you phrase the FPPs - my first glance at that one worried me for a moment.

posted by JJ at 04:09 PM on June 26, 2007

What defines the shape of the fenders in between the templates? If NASCAR didn't define this in the rules, they are way off base. I hope Hendrick doesn't lose this championship because of poor planning on John Darby's part.

posted by machaus at 04:39 PM on June 26, 2007

I agree with you, machaus. In the past they've been more reasonable and admitted they'd been outsmarted--and promptly made a new rule. I can stomach their willingness to be flexible with punishments, but being flexible about rules (think Calvin and Hobbs...make it up as you go along) is very frustrating.

posted by skifan at 09:51 PM on June 26, 2007

Careful how you phrase the FPPs - my first glance at that one worried me for a moment. Well, keep yer damn mitts off the fenders, and you won't have to worry about it! I understand the wing mount on Junior's car setting off alarms, because it was an illegal piece. I see this as different circumstances, though. If NASCAR wants to come down this heavy on every single modification to the Car of Tomorrow, then they need to sit down all the crew chiefs and go through the specs one inch at a time, and actually tell these guys what the hell they're allowed to do. You can't give 'em a brand new car, a vague rulebook, and then start cracking down without specifying what's allowed and what's not. Disclaimer: I am a Jeff Gordon fan.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:38 AM on June 27, 2007

So more rulebreaking in NASCAR... And no front page post about the first non-yank since 1974 to win a NASCAR race. (According to the commentary.) And the first ever Monaco Grand Prix, Daytona 24 hour and Indy 500 winner to win a NASCAR race. (Hopefully Monty will one day add Le Mans to that list.)

posted by Drood at 04:15 PM on June 27, 2007

The Fine is a pittence to these people and and the 100 point deduction should have been 100 points for each race that they didn't get caught if Nascar really wants to clean up the sport then lets get realastic and come down hard on these idiots and that goes for all teams if you want to race enforce the rules if you want animated pinballs then throw out the book and let them kill each other and oh how wonderful it was this weekend not having to listen or watch Nascar AMEN

posted by Poppop at 05:03 PM on July 21, 2007

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