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SBD/November 13, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Under Caution? Examining NASCAR's Dwindling Sponsorship, Rebuilding Efforts
Published November 13, 2012
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CRIME & PUNISHMENT: FOXSPORTS.com’s Darrell Waltrip writes NASCAR "had no choice" in levying a $100,000 fine against driver Jeff Gordon after he intentionally wrecked Clint Bowyer during Sunday's Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix Int'l Raceway. Gordon was also docked 25 points and placed on probation. NASCAR "can’t let drivers be renegades on the racetrack by using their race cars to retaliate against each other. That gets out of control and is dangerous and it usually finds a way to sweep other cars up into it. I’m surprised they didn’t park Gordon” (FOXSPORTS.com, 11/13). SPORTING NEWS' Bob Pockrass wrote Gordon should be benched because he "crossed the line between racing and recklessness." Pockrass: "NASCAR can't have its drivers, especially teammates, affecting the championship race with retaliation" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 11/12). ESPN.com's David Newton wrote, "I understand NASCAR is trying to get back to an era where drivers governed drivers on the track. I understand NASCAR has let this type of thing slide in the past without suspension. ... But there has to be a limit" (ESPN.com, 11/12). In Toronto, Norris McDonald wrote the fine was “still an over-the-top penalty and NASCAR's inconsistency in this area is going to backfire on it one of these days” (THESTAR.com, 11/12). In Charlotte, Jim Utter wrote what happened in Phoenix was “not a sport, it was a circus.” Teams “fighting on pit road and drivers running through the garage with television cameras in tow to confront other drivers may draw a lot of eyes to YouTube this week, but I doubt it will lead anyone to actually watching the racing” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/12).