NASCAR Hands Down Penalties, Fans React
The NASCAR world was in a frenzy on Wednesday afternoon after NASCAR announced that last weekend's winner Clint Bowyer and his No. 33 team received some heavy penalties after their car was found to be outside of NASCAR's tolerances following the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Bowyer and car owner Richard Childress were both docked 150 driver and owner points, respectively, while crew chief Shane Wilson was fined $150,000 and suspended from the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events.
Childress later released a statement saying Richard Childress Racing will appeal the penalties.
The announcement left many NASCAR fans with questions and conspiracy theories were thrown left and right. Some wondered if NASCAR should take the win away from a car that had an illegal setup and instead hand the win to second-place finisher Denny Hamlin.
NASCAR had warned the No. 33 team about the Chase-clinching car from the week previous at Richmond, saying they were barely within NASCAR's tolerances. Hearing about the penalty raised many eyebrows from fans who had thought the problem had been solved.
Some say the penalty was too harsh. Others too little. Inconsistency became the buzz word. No one seemed to have a real, definitive answer as to what the real problem was.
So, race fans, I ask you? What did NASCAR do right in this situation? What did they do wrong? How would you handle it if you were NASCAR?