In my race predictions last week, I had Jeff Gordon winning the race. That was about the only thing I got right for the weekend. I was happy to see Jeff win and move on to the Championship round. What a story that would be for him to win his fifth Championship in his retirement year. I will be rooting for that.
If he is going to do the he will still have to beat Joey Logano. That brings me to something I got very, very wrong. I said Matt was a pro and he wouldn’t do anything to tarnish the Chase or the great sport of NASCAR. Matt, nine laps down, stuffed Joey into the wall and took away Joey’s fourth straight win and his spot in the Championship round. It is a sad day for NASCAR.
What Matt did was the reason why a lot of people don’t like NASCAR and why they don’t have as many fans as they should. This is the second week in a row when a competitor did something (see cheated) to alter the outcome of the race. Last week it was Kevin Harvick and this week Kenseth. Matt took out the best car and maybe the best racer in the Sport right now.
NASCAR this is your chance. This is your chance to make a stand. It is your chance to establish a rule and subsequent punishment that will ensure nothing like this happens ever again. No Super Secret Probation, no irrelevant points penalty, no inconsequential fine. I mean a real rule with real teeth to it. How about a 10 race suspension? How about a Million dollar fine? That would be a good place to start. You think Dollar General is interested in paying 20 million dollars and there car is parked for 10 weeks? Me either.
Some people may be thinking, how will we know that something ,like what Matt did was not an accident? How do we know his right front really didn’t lock up? Because I’m not an idiot and neither are you. Be honest with yourself, there is no possibility that what happened yesterday was an accident.
I hope Joey wins at Texas next week or Phoenix the week after. He didn’t deserve what happened yesterday. I also hope Matt gets parked for a long time. I hope Joe Gibbs gets fined a huge amount of money. Mostly I hope nothing like this ever happens again.
NASCAR its slipping away from you. Grab ahold and pull it back in before its too late.
Thanks for your time, talk to you soon.