NASCAR, Talladega, the chase, Tony Stewart

Relief Driver

Sometime this week, at least as I understand it, NASCAR will make a determination on what will happen should Ty Dillon win the cup race at Talladega this Sunday.  Ty, as I am sure you have heard by now, will relieve Tony Stewart in the 14 at the first caution.  It is my understanding that as it stands now that should that happen Tony will get the credit for the win making him eligible for the Chase if he finishes in the top 30.  I have some real problems with all of this.

First, I don’t think Tony should have received the waiver for not having started all of the races.  He hurt himself away from the track and while engaged in an activity that maybe he should not have been doing if he wanted to be responsible to his team, fans, and sponsors.  Second, is he cleared to race or not?  I say don’t get in the car at any track if you can’t be in the car at every track.  Lastly, and maybe most importantly, what kind of rule allows you to begin a race then have someone take over for you and you get the credit for how they did.  What???  Just take a minute to think about that should NASCAR allow it to happen.  We would have a driver in the chase who didn’t start all of the races, didn’t finish in the top 16, and unless he wins somewhere else never pulled into victory lane.   A lot of people don’t think NASCAR is a legitimate sport.  Please don’t give anyone more reason to think that.

Now I like to think I’m not dumb.  I know why Tony is receiving all these allowances and so do you.  This is Tony’s last year and NASCAR needs him.  The sport draws more attention when Tony is involved and more importantly they make more money when he is competing.  I get it but c’mon.  Please NASCAR, we can appreciate Tony for being one of the greatest racers of all time, a great champion, and a polarizing figure in the sport without making a mockery of the process to let him compete in the playoffs.


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