The Tattletale Issue

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!

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7 Responses to “The Tattletale Issue”

  1. ray says:

    I think NASCAR should back off and relax the inspection process.

    Check the cars for safety.
    Check the bodies for template compliance – hint: they should look like street cars.

    Then, take about 50% of the rule book and shred it.
    The damn cars aren’t stock – a V8 Camry with rear wheel drive and a solid axle rear end? rrrrrrright.

    Print suggested suspension diagrams, let the teams tweak them. Instead of one tire choice for everyone, have a hard and soft compound tire available. You want a bigger gas tank? Ok. You want to try some fancy stuff up front? ok. The purse isn’t changing, so don’t go too expensive.

    Maybe force factory part numbers for hoods, roofs, trunklids, nosecones, engine blocks, diff housings, front steering knuckles and a couple of other parts, but I enjoy the idea of the cars being DIFFERENT and not just different decals.

    It’s like the “boys have at it” for the teams. More Smokey Yunick, less IROC.

  2. windowlicker says:

    Why you hating on Hendricks?? Those boys do nothing but win. They ain’t no tattletellers. Their just trying to keep things fare. If they see some cheating, its their duty to report it to the athority. Lay off of your Hendricks conspiracy and let them race. Pensky got what he diserved and will just have to deal. RIP tim richmund

  3. Ric says:

    I don’t think Hendricks tattled on them. I’ll bet money that Chad would rather try and use the idea for himself, then rat out the whole thing. By ratting it out it might also bring attention to something that is similar to what they are trying to do.

  4. eddo says:

    If the Hendrick guys did snitch, it’s just because Chad Knaus was upset that he didn’t think of whatever he saw BEFORE the Penske guys did…


  5. Tim S. says:

    When, oh when will people learn? When Hendrick tries something tricky, it’s “innovation.” When another team does it, NASCAR “needs to police the teams.” Move along, nothing to see here.

  6. Ray514 says:

    I agree…if you are going to cheat make certain your neighbors in the garage can’t see the evidence

  7. Woogeroo says:

    I’m with you T.C..

    If yer not slick enough to get away with it in front of the entire garage, ya shouldn’t be trying it.


    If ya ain’t cheatin’, ya ain’t tryin’.

    However… I’m with ray, they need more wiggle room to bring back the magic.

    gO Chevy!!


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