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NASCAR Gets Dream Finish As Stewart Holds Off Edwards For Championship
Published November 21, 2011
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France at his season-ending news conference on Friday said that he "wants drivers to speak their minds but that there’s a line when comments 'denigrate' the sport." France "wouldn’t talk specifically about the apparent fine on Brad Keselowski for comments he made last week that were critical of fuel injection, but said the sanctioning body decided a couple of years ago to fine drivers for what it considers excessive criticism." NASCAR in the last two years "has apparently fined at least four drivers for negative comments." France said that there "could be other fines that the public doesn’t know about." He said, "Drivers are going to be able to speak their mind and criticize the sport way more than any other sport would allow. However, there has to be some limits, and we thought those limits were being exceeded in the last couple of years because you can’t denigrate the sport." France added that NASCAR "would re-examine its policy of not disclosing the fines" (SCENEDAILY.com, 11/18). Meanwhile, in Orlando, George Diaz noted there "could be more tweaks in the Chase format." There will "definitely be a significant change in restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega," and the sport "will also trash traditional carburetors in favor of a fuel-injection model" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/19).