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NASCAR Still Investigating Logano, Gilliland As Chase Set To Begin
Published September 13, 2013
CHANGING TIMES: In N.Y., Ben Strauss writes the "outrage has put NASCAR's unwritten rules on trial." Drivers have "long allowed teammates to pass them, or even take the lead for a number of laps, to earn points in the standings." But the "difference with the reaction to Saturday’s race appeared to be a combination of the stakes of the Chase, the overwhelming evidence and the fact that the outcome of the race was affected." Driver Ryan Newman said, “It’s been a part of our sport for a long time, but manipulating the race to change the outcome is an entirely different perspective, an entirely different situation." Driver Jimmie Johnson: “If you’re bold enough to make that direct an admission on the radio, then you’re going to pay the price" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/13). Earnhardt said of the scandal, "It's gotten a ton of traction. Sometimes as much as it's been a tough week on NASCAR and having to make some tough decisions, it's definitely got a lot of people paying attention to this race this weekend." But USA TODAY's Ryan wonders if it is "potentially a death knell for its credibility that needs to be addressed immediately." Ryan: "Might it actually be a positive as another compelling curiosity of a sport fueled figuratively and literally by its car-wreck appeal?" (USA TODAY, 9/13).