(Image source: Michael Waltrip Racing

 

 

BY JAMAL ANDRESS

 

 

Like most sports, teamwork in NASCAR is not uncommon.

 

“Shake and bake!

What does that do, does that blow your mind? That just happened!” (Via Columbia Pictures)

 

But on the heels of controversy and the most severe penalty issued ever, NASCAR officials have announced a new set of rules outlawing teamwork on the track.


“We addressed team rules ... and that means their driver and their team give 100 percent to finish as high up in a given race as possible.” (Via NASCAR)

 

This ruling comes after what many consider a blatant disregard for the rules when Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer spun out with seven laps to go. (Via KPHO)

 

“Is your arm starting to hurt? I bet its hot in there. Itch it.” (Via NASCAR)

 

This cleared the way for Joey Logano to make the Sprint Cup Championship without taking a wild card spot. (Via Fox Sports)

 

That wild card spot would now go to Michael Waltrip Racing driver and Bowyer’s teammate Martin Truex Jr. (via Fox Sports)

 

As for Bowyer, he already had enough points to take a lower finish in the race and still make the Sprint Cup Championship. (Via Michael Waltrip Racing)

 

And while video evidence like this might seem like proof enough, Bowyer continues to deny any and all accusations.

 

“I got called over and had to cut down a tree at my brother’s house and got poison oak all over my arms.”

 

“When the 15 is on the racetrack, it goes forward, and if it doesn’t, something’s wrong.” (Via ESPN)

 

His denial, though, was not enough to keep NASCAR from bringing down the largest penalty ever issued in the sport.

 

Three Michael Waltrip Racing drivers were docked 50 points, the Waltrip team was issued a $300,000 fine, team General Manager Ty Norris was suspended, and team driver Martin Truex Jr. was kicked out of the field for the Sprint Cup Series. (Via The New York Times)

 

Nascar’s ruling covers all aspects of team driving, from outlawing private radio to the number of spotters at the spotter stand. Veteran driver Jeff Burton cautions this is a slippery slope.

 

“You can make that case about everything in any sport. … Did a quarterback throw a ball intentionally in the ground? What we’ve got to be careful not to do as a sport … is to look at every situation and analyze it and say, ‘Oh, my God, he didn't try.’” (Via ESPN)

 

But most are applauding the rule changes by NASCAR. Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty said: “They didn’t change any rules or anything. … They just said, ‘Do what’s right and everything will work out OK.’ Everybody knows what’s right. And sometimes, we don’t do what’s right.” (Via USA Today)


In another history-making move, Jeff Gordon was added as a 13th driver in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which begins Sunday with the GEICO 400 from Chicagoland Speedway.

New NASCAR Rules Ban Teamwork on the Track

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Sep 15, 2013

New NASCAR Rules Ban Teamwork on the Track

(Image source: Michael Waltrip Racing

 

 

BY JAMAL ANDRESS

 

 

Like most sports, teamwork in NASCAR is not uncommon.

 

“Shake and bake!

What does that do, does that blow your mind? That just happened!” (Via Columbia Pictures)

 

But on the heels of controversy and the most severe penalty issued ever, NASCAR officials have announced a new set of rules outlawing teamwork on the track.


“We addressed team rules ... and that means their driver and their team give 100 percent to finish as high up in a given race as possible.” (Via NASCAR)

 

This ruling comes after what many consider a blatant disregard for the rules when Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer spun out with seven laps to go. (Via KPHO)

 

“Is your arm starting to hurt? I bet its hot in there. Itch it.” (Via NASCAR)

 

This cleared the way for Joey Logano to make the Sprint Cup Championship without taking a wild card spot. (Via Fox Sports)

 

That wild card spot would now go to Michael Waltrip Racing driver and Bowyer’s teammate Martin Truex Jr. (via Fox Sports)

 

As for Bowyer, he already had enough points to take a lower finish in the race and still make the Sprint Cup Championship. (Via Michael Waltrip Racing)

 

And while video evidence like this might seem like proof enough, Bowyer continues to deny any and all accusations.

 

“I got called over and had to cut down a tree at my brother’s house and got poison oak all over my arms.”

 

“When the 15 is on the racetrack, it goes forward, and if it doesn’t, something’s wrong.” (Via ESPN)

 

His denial, though, was not enough to keep NASCAR from bringing down the largest penalty ever issued in the sport.

 

Three Michael Waltrip Racing drivers were docked 50 points, the Waltrip team was issued a $300,000 fine, team General Manager Ty Norris was suspended, and team driver Martin Truex Jr. was kicked out of the field for the Sprint Cup Series. (Via The New York Times)

 

Nascar’s ruling covers all aspects of team driving, from outlawing private radio to the number of spotters at the spotter stand. Veteran driver Jeff Burton cautions this is a slippery slope.

 

“You can make that case about everything in any sport. … Did a quarterback throw a ball intentionally in the ground? What we’ve got to be careful not to do as a sport … is to look at every situation and analyze it and say, ‘Oh, my God, he didn't try.’” (Via ESPN)

 

But most are applauding the rule changes by NASCAR. Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty said: “They didn’t change any rules or anything. … They just said, ‘Do what’s right and everything will work out OK.’ Everybody knows what’s right. And sometimes, we don’t do what’s right.” (Via USA Today)


In another history-making move, Jeff Gordon was added as a 13th driver in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which begins Sunday with the GEICO 400 from Chicagoland Speedway.

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