Let me just say this first: I don’t care that somebody threw the Penske guys under the bus. There, I said it. (Cue the “you work for Hendrick” trolling in 3…2…1…)
Last week, after both Penske cars were busted by NASCAR at Texas for some creative rear-end components, Jenna Fryer wrote that NASCAR may have been tipped off, and possibly by folks from Hendrick Motorsports. Both the #2 and #22 were parked in the garage next to Hendrick teams, and it would have been the perfect opportunity for a peek at what Penske was up to. But here’s the thing (and the reason I don’t care), NASCAR has open garage stalls for this exact reason.
In the essence of fairness and to create an atmosphere of compliance, NASCAR keeps the teams’ garage stalls open and the inspection process in full view of anyone who wants to watch. If you know that you have to worry about NASCAR officials AND the team next to you, it makes getting away with cheating more difficult. It’s also why when teams do get busted for illegal parts, NASCAR puts those parts on display to show the entire garage.
Another point that needs to be made here is that NASCAR isn’t little league baseball. There is a lot at stake, and if you can’t handle a little gamesmanship, maybe you should find something else to do.
Now that I’ve angered probably half of you reading this post, let the hate-commenting begin!