This Week in NASCAR [Richmond Edition]

Short Track Racing under the Lights at Richmond, but Penalties top the news of the week

4/26/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Richmond Edition]I don't play the fantasy game, but if I did, I think my team would be in a whole lot of trouble. 

Matt Kenseth won last week's race in dominating fashion, only to be told his engine failed post-race inspection.  Apparently, one of the eight connecting rods in the engine was found to be a few grams too light.  Immediately, Toyota Racing Development, who supplies the parts, took full responsibility for the rod, which is supposed to weight 525 grams.  NASCAR didn't care.  They dropped the hammer hard on Joe Gibbs Racing.  Never mind that the deficiency allowed no benefit whatsoever to the car, no benefit to the driver or the dominance of the car, and certainly no advantage to the way the car ran on-track.  

In what I perceive as one of the most moronic penalties in the history of NASCAR, Matt was penalized 50 (yes, you read that correctly, FIFTY) points.  Crew Chief, Jason Ratcliff, was penalized $200,000 and was suspended for six races.  Matt still keeps his trophy (wow) but the win doesn't count towards his total wins when it comes to the Chase.  

Why?  Because the rule book is now double the thickness it was back when racing was racing, and fun.  Everything is regulated.  EVERYTHING.

If NASCAR can put a rule on it, they will.  If they could limit what a driver eats for breakfast, I'm sure they would.  

What I don't understand is that it would take a very sophisticated scale to weigh the connecting rod.  You certainly couldn't tell the difference if you picked up two of the rods in your hands.  It provided no advantage.  Was it deliberate? Certainly not!! Why? Why would anyone put a lighter weighing rod into an engine for any reason?  The team wasn't trying to cheat.  The provider of the part has already taken full responsibility, so why such a severe penalty. 

In my mind this is just so many more shades of stupid than the Penske penalties.  The Penske teams knowingly installed a part, on both Brad Keselowski's and Joey Logano's cars, that was outside of the approval zone.  They acknowledged that they were working in a grey area.  They didn't ask for approval of the part, and they were caught.  I still have problems with the severity of penalties, but I understand that NASCAR has to be a god when it comes to the parts on the car.  Penske's appeal will be heard on May 1st.

For JGR, an appeal has been requested, but the date is not yet set.  They are not appealing the fact that the connecting rod was light.  They are appealing the fines.  They still want to have a chance at a Championship in 2013, and the penalties levied all but guarantee that will be impossible.  Hopefully, the panel of their peers can see this and will agree that the penalties are too severe.
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The teams are racing at the short track of Richmond.  It will be Saturday night, under the lights, and will no doubt be exciting.  Denny Hamlin will not be there.  He still has not received clearance from the doctors to drive in a competitive fashion, and he is frustrated and disappointed.   The disappointment is evident in his voice, but he needs to take the time to heal.  One can only hope he won't immediately go after Joey Logano on the track.  Certainly his comments on twitter are not the type that indicate there is any forgiveness, or moving on in a positive fashion.  Frankly, while I had hoped this break would mature him a little, and show him what can happen on the track when focus is lost, the exact opposite seems to be the case.

I'm sure we will be in for an entertaining race tomorrow.  I'm sorry I'm not writing more about the racing.  Unfortunately, NASCAR has decided penalties and policing are more important than the racing.  How sad is that?
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4/27/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

WTG Kevin Harvick!  Keelan must have spent a little more time in the driver's seat today :)  And Jr gets a top ten. He was in 23rd when I tuned in :)

NASCAR is still pretty stupid, but it was an exciting end to the race 

4/27/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

NASCAR needs more short tracks and less cookie cutters tracks after what has happened the last two nights.

4/27/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Kudos to Kurt for pushing aside the "confrontation"  question to get his "we did great tonight."..and no whining
I really detest this whole broadcast personnel.....

4/27/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
ARRRGGHHHH!!  I'm stunned at this race today!  JPM gets screwed when Vickers hits the wall and brings out the caution.  GWC to the end, and no one knows who is gonna get the win!

Ugh, it kills me. He's just. had. no. luck. at. all. this year.

4/27/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Kurt and Tony getting into a little scuffle......(i'm laughing...boys will be boys) 
Congrats Kevin!

4/27/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

that's why you use them cautions when they come....uh huh...you get caught with old tires and a caution is just waiting there for you...to suck the joy out of your night.....

Should be a great finish though!

4/27/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

ARRRGGHHHH!!  I'm stunned at this race today!  JPM gets screwed when Vickers hits the wall and brings out the caution.  GWC to the end, and no one knows who is gonna get the win!

4/27/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

A caution is definetly NOT what JPM needed right now. Can Harvick get his first win of the season..I'm soooo excited!

4/27/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

What a wreck fest it has been in these last laps. Can JPM hold off Harvick for a win? Is Eric hyperventilating into a bag right now? Questions questions questions

4/27/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Just got home from work and it looks as thought the fireworks are about to start......have started......

4/27/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
Turner Scott Motorsports confirms Nelson Piquet Jr. was confronted by the RCR crewmen during assault that led to arrest. Oh I could say something about Richard Childress and RCR, I'll just shut up instead of sounding like a bleeping jackass.

Oh go ahead, you can't sound any worse than Nascar....indecision

4/27/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

Turner Scott Motorsports confirms Nelson Piquet Jr. was confronted by the RCR crewmen during assault that led to arrest. Oh I could say something about Richard Childress and RCR, I'll just shut up instead of sounding like a bleeping jackass.

4/27/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Yeah you knew i would be back. Tony and company went out 1,2,3, in qualifying and ended up 21st, 15th, and 30th (Tony 21st, Ryan, 15th, and Danica 30th) Tony was not a happy camper about this, but someone has to go first. Congrats to Matt, don't let them get to you, just keep on winning and laughing in their faces!

4/27/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

I could be here all day about the stupidity of Nascar....

4/27/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
And two idiots from RCR were arrested last from fight in motorhome lot. : Mike Scearce and Thomas Costello are two the idiots involved and are/were members of Brain Scott's crew.

And the older of the two, Costello, is 55 and was charged with three counts of assault, while Searce at 35 was charged with one count.  

And it just keeps getting weirder and weirder.   

4/27/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Brad K wins the Nationwide race and Nelson Piquet Jr. kicks Brian Scott in the family jewels after an on-track disagreement.

Yep, I did see the video.

He learned it from his dad.

4/27/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

And two idiots from RCR were arrested last from fight in motorhome lot. : Mike Scearce and Thomas Costello are two the idiots involved and are/were members of Brain Scott's crew.

4/27/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Brad K wins the Nationwide race and Nelson Piquet Jr. kicks Brian Scott in the family jewels after an on-track disagreement.

Yep, I did see the video.

4/26/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Kennseth is the one this week..

4/26/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

And just cuz he can, Matt grabs the pole for tomorrow night's race. Take that bitches!!