Busch didn't ram the other car hard, didn't incapacitate the other car from racing (not even cause it to operate differently than it would have after the accident) yet Busch has to sit in the pits 5 full laps as a penalty - a NEW FINE SYSTEM that Nascar has implemented.
Nascar has had a need for penalties for these retaliatory "bumps"
for some time. I agree about the fact that 5 laps is kinda severe
but at least it's a start.
As aero sensitive, as a cup car is nowadays, even the slightest
sheet metal damage makes a huge difference in handling out
on the track. (you know this John!!!)
IMHO Nascar needs to require two lights on the rear of the cars, one
blue (to show the driver is depressing the gas pedal) and one red.
(to show the driver is depressing the brake pedal) This would make
the crashes during restarts less damaging and have fewer of them.
Technology has made the cars so equal now that drivers seem to be
more easily frustrated having to drive in all that traffic. I remember
years ago that restarts late in the race consisted of maybe 6 cars
which left the rest of the field quickly behind and therefore not a
factor in the end of a race. Recently drivers have to contend with
half the field still being "in" the race in the last 10 laps.
The sport of auto racing has changed astronomically in the past 20
years. I've witnessed hundreds of wrecks that they (the drivers)
just walk away from now, where 20 years ago they were dying or
suffered career-ending injuries. These kids know no fear
The so called "young guns" of the sport haven't a clue about manners
either. I'm for settling this kinda stuff in the garage after the race
Slamming into someone while under the yellow is childish and petty
and I think the revocation of a number of championship points would
be a more reasonable penalty.
Perhaps films could be reviewed after races and the penalty's severity
be determined by a committee of unbiased fans
kinda like the "delayed" penalty in hockey, you get to go on with the
race but the situation will be dealt with before the next race weekend.
I also have a problem with drivers who will not yield the groove of
the track when the leaders are coming up on them during the race.
This kinda stuff was not happening in the good ol' days either.
I understand about the "lucky dog" rule or blocking for your team
mate, but just forcing someone to "go around" your car when your
finishing spot in the race is not going to be affected, is just stupid.
I guess I'll end my scattered thoughts with the theory that maybe
the reason these drivers act this way is because their bad behaviour
will probably not cause someones death. In years past, drivers
were just as concerned about other drivers as they were about
taking care of their equipment. If you bumped someones car from
behind and sent them into the wall, chances were that that driver
was not going to be back behind the wheel any time soon...