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Time to start taking wins away for failing post-race inspection

By admin | July 1, 2012

By Richard Allen


Austin Dillon led all but eight laps on his way to victory in Friday’s Nationwide Series race at the Kentucky Speedway. It was a truly dominating performance on the track. However, off the track it became a win that will always be questioned after the #3 car failed post-race inspection.

Dillon’s Chevrolet proved to be too low at the rear of the car when NASCAR inspectors took a routine look after the race. It was the second time Richard Childress Racing had been caught with the same infraction as Elliott Sadler’s car was deemed too low after a 2nd place finish at a race in Iowa earlier this year. Both the Dillon and Sadler cars were found with illegal bumper covers in a pre-race inspection prior to a race in Richmond.

NASCAR has long used the policy of keeping the winner as declared on race day in place but handing down fines and other penalties(usually points) days later. It may be time for that policy to change.

I was in attendance for a race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1978 when many believe NASCAR unofficially adopted the policy of having fans know who the winner is when they leave the track. On that day, confusion over scoring left some believing Donnie Allison had won while others thought Richard Petty was the victor. As my dad and I drove home to Tennessee that night the race experienced three lead changes after the checkered flag when announcements kept coming over the radio to say that one then the other had won.

Ultimately, Allison was awarded the trophy but NASCAR was somewhat embarrassed by their inability to immediately determine the race winner. Supposedly, a decision was made after that event to never have fans leave thinking one driver had won only to find out later that indeed another driver was truly victorious.

The modern day ease of getting information out has rendered that policy outdated. And more, there is the issue of having a car win a race that may have won because of an unfair advantage. Simply taking points away may hurt the declared winner but it does little good for those who were beaten by said car.

In most forms of dirt late model racing, when a car does not pass its initial post-race inspection, it is as if that driver was never even in the race…no trophy, no check, no points. And in some cases, race winners have been thrown out days after a race when lab results have shown that illegal tire tampering had taken place.

For those who would argue that “stuff” happens during a race that might cause a car that has passed pre-race inspection to fail in post-race, it is up to the teams to see to it they have enough tolerance built in so that does not happen. If that excuse is going to be accepted, keep in mind it is very easy for a car to be engineered in such a way that “stuff” could happen to cause shifts and alterations. In the case of a car that may have been damaged, of course, some allowances could be made.

It has for some time been my opinion that NASCAR has too many rules. If I were in charge there would be fewer rules but the penalties for breaking the rules in place would be severe.

The time has come to stop allowing cars that do not pass post-race inspection to keep race wins.

Austin Dillon and RCR team penalized for Kentucky infraction->

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12 Responses to “Time to start taking wins away for failing post-race inspection”

  1. z'hills fan Says:
    July 2nd, 2012 at 4:56 am

    I fully agree!!

  2. Tony Geinzer Says:
    July 2nd, 2012 at 7:33 am

    The fans wallet is a sensitive topic and I wish the points fund was never slashed by a noncommital Sprint to begin with.

  3. Garry Says:
    July 2nd, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I also think that if NASCAR is not going to give points to a Cup driver in the lower tier series, then the driver behind them should get the points for the Cup drivers position. Basically, NASCAR is saying that there is a “ghost” car out there on the track who gets no points. Well, if that is the case then if a Cup driver finishes 2nd, the third place driver should be awarded 2nd place points and money. While I’m at it, a Cup driver shouldn’t be awarded the win either. That will put a stop to the stupidity of a Cup driver being in the lower tier series .

  4. grumpiestoldman Says:
    July 2nd, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Kurt Busch was the first legal car to finish.

  5. Gregory D. Howe Says:
    July 2nd, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Stink up the show AND field a car that turns out to be illegal at the end is going too far! Many say the height post-race would not have increased their competitive advantage. That may be true but I feel the lack of height was only a symptom of a greater infraction that wasn’t uncovered. Goodbye win and goodbye points. That being said, if it was a Ford involved I might feel differently.

  6. Josie Says:
    July 2nd, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I agree .. No win! Hmmm where would that have put Five Time the past 5 out of 6 years!?! I heard Childress say the infraction didn’t give them an advantage. I was under the impression they had more downforce..? Kentucky is another track where once you take lead it’s smooth sailing..the race was alittle boring. The Cup race was alittle more interesting but on a scale of rated a 2 1/2.

  7. Arnold Decker Says:
    July 2nd, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I agree with disqualifaction. On another subject I agree with Burton Smith on more cautions to make racing more interesting, especially toward the end. Everyone should be required to pit to end the the gas milage race.

  8. Tyler West Says:
    July 2nd, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Amen Rich!! If a car does not pass post race inspection that car should be disqualified. Plain and simple regardless of who it is. It sucks when the winner is not in compliance with the rules.

  9. Wayne T. Morgan Says:
    July 2nd, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    You are right that NA$CAR has way too many rules to ad plus things happen for the most part. And in dirt late model racing as well as sprints you cross the scales light afterwards, your out! Can NA$CAR ever be made simple again??

  10. Mike Says:
    July 2nd, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    If there is “no advantage”? why have a requirement? Wasn’t Rudd penalized out of a win @ Sears Point after ‘78? Yes, pass inspection or gone! There can be allowances for damage etc. Na$car needs to actually enforce the rules evenly!! Extra cautions?? Try heat races instead.

  11. Andy Says:
    July 2nd, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Disqualify the car and give the crew chief (already on probation) a ten race suspension. Unless there’s a connection to the Earnhardt family. Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

    Yes, to Garry’s suggestion on scoring Nationwide competitors as if the Sprint guys weren’t there.

    No to both of Arnold Decker’s ideas. He must be one of those X-Games newbies that have already wreaked havoc on the sport. Probably believes the hype on Danica.

    BIG YES! to Rich for posting this thread. Nobody else has had the balls to suggest that NASCAR is bending the rules once again and their rulebook is as loose as the Kardashian’s culottes.

  12. Wayne T. Morgan Says:
    July 2nd, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I hear it was six points. Six points?? How or who did Granpa pay off or what favor did he get??