Although there have seemingly not been any allegations of cheating coming from NASCAR, it would appear that they are trying to prevent it from happening anyway. In order to try to stop teams from taking an unfair advantage, the auto-racing organization has issued a warning to teams about cheating.
According to ESPN, the warning was given to teams as a preventative measure and to stop, or at the very least limit the amount of talk that happens after a race, unless it involves what happens on the actual track. The warning was issued at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday as part of the prerace meeting with the crew chiefs and the drivers.
The warning was issued by NASCAR following what many are describing as a rather frustrating week. This is due to the winning car and 12th place cars at the Chicagoland Speedway. Martin Truex Jr., who came in first place, and Jimmie Johnson, who came in 12th, both ended up failing their rear alignment measurements following the race. However, they failed by what was considered to be the “smallest amount in NASCAR’s three-tiered punishment system.”
Based on the typical 10-point penalty that is applied following a failure of the punishment system, the result would have severely impacted Jimmie Johnson, who might not have qualified to advance. The same penalty would not have had as great of an effect on Martin Truex Jr., since his win still counted towards advancement into the quarterfinal rounds of the Chase. On Wednesday, NASCAR made the decision to wipe out the two lower tiers of the punishment system and made that retroactive to Chicagoland, which meant neither driver was ultimately penalized.
However, the organization wanted to make it clear in their meeting that any measures taken to get around any measures that happen after the race in the inspections will lead to a reaction from them. This includes the driver making the car weave on the track following a race when they do their cool down lap.
Moving forward, NASCAR wants people to focus on the race. They asked that the drivers and the people on the track not put these things in their hands because moving forward their will be more of a reaction. This could include penalties in terms of points taken away, suspensions, fines, and even loss of potential practice time for any of the future races a team is involved in. For more CDA News, follow our tweets on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
Commentary by Dorothea James