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August 1, 2007

NASCAR: Still Full of BS

Tony Stewart was fined $25,000 and docked 25 points for saying a dirty word on TV the other day. As usual, NASCAR pops out the ever popular “Actions detrimental to stock car racing” as their basis for the fine and points deduction.

That’s BS.

I understand that NASCAR wants their drivers to be good representatives of the sport; I don’t have a problem with that. What I have a problem with is the deduction of championship points for an off-track incident.

Can you imagine the uproar that would occur if the NFL started taking points off of games because players went to strip clubs? (Actually, in that case, all games would probably end in a 0 to 0 tie.) I can see the newspaper report now:

The Tennessee Titans scored 21 points on the field today in their game against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders scored 20, but won the game due to the actions of Pac-Man Jones which cost the Titans a penalty of 3 points. Jones got into trouble again after the game when he went to a strip club and his “entourage”…

Stewart effectively finished second in the race, if you don’t count the bonus points. I can see fining a driver for a slip of the tongue, but taking points away seems unfair.

And ESPN should have their hands slapped in this mess as well. Why not fine them a few million to get their attention? Why were they not running a delay on the main program?

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