By admin | July 26, 2009
By Richard Allen
This column serves to follow up on the one I wrote titled, “Even if NASCAR was right, they were wrong in the Montoya case”. That column questions whether or not NASCAR plays favorites with its rulings to help a certain team, Hendrick Motorsports, or at least the perception of such favoritism.
Here is an opportunity for them to prove otherwise. In his victory lane interview after winning the Brickyard 400, Jimmie Johnson clearly said the word “damn”. Such four letter utterings have met with penalties in the past. Even Dale Earnhardt, Jr., before he drove for HMS, was penalized for using ‘unsuitable language’ in a victory lane interview.
If NASCAR holds true to previous rulings, an announcement should come on Tuesday or Wednesday that Johnson has been docked 25 points for using ‘unsuitable language’.
I actually write this column in jest. But it would not surprise me if NASCAR were to announce such a lame penalty in the wake of the Juan Pablo Montoya controversy that is sure to play out between now and the next race. The sanctioning body will somehow think it will give the appearance that they deal with everyone in the same way.
Of course, docking Johnson 25 points would have no impact on his championship hopes because he is all but assured of making the Chase for the Championship. And once that is done, the number of points a driver has is inconsequential since the points will be reset.
So, in the interest of fairness, look for Jimmie Johnson to receive a “damn” penalty of 25 points later this week.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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