KMOAutobahn wrote:Honestly, I can see what NASCAR's motivation was and applaud them for taking action to 'set things right'. However, (and I was pretty steadfast in this) I thought it was wrong for them to retroactively add/remove drivers from the chase in the first place. By doing so, NASCAR played revisionist history and opened up alot of what-ifs; are we certain that Ryan Newman wouldve won the race with 9 laps to go? or that Martin Truex wouldnt have raced his way in anyways? In going back and revising the standings based on the richmond race, NASCAR complete disrespected the results of the actual racing itself.
I was of the opinion that they shouldve kept the chase field as the race results dictated it, but shouldve punished MWR and Penske AFTER the points reset (levying heavy-a** penalties too, like 100 point deductions from all the MWR cars and Penske cars). That way, the results of the race are respected and preserved, and at the same time, you've set a HEAVY deterrent by effectively knocking all the cheater cars out of contention.
EDIT: my proposal might not be the most popular one because it means that ryan newman misses the chase in this scenario, but who's to say he doesnt cut down a tire with 3 to go?
Oh Please. Ryan took the lead & was pulling away. he had zero tire issues all night & no one cut a tire the last 10 laps of the race so there was obviously nothing on the track to cut a tire. Without the Yellow everyone knew he was gonna win that race. Which would have meant, Truex could have raced his way up to 2nd & still wouldn't have made the chase. Ryan & Kasey both would have had 2 wins each. Logano couldn't gain any more spots, so he wouldn't have made the top ten which meant he wouldn't have made the chase anyways. You could stretch the what if's pretty far to say you never know what would have happened, but logically we all know how it would have turned out.
As far as levying penalties after the chase is set. What good would the rules be? All bubble cars would cheat to make their cars better so they could at least get into the chase. Rules should deter teams from cheating. Not say go ahead we will allow your cheating to be rewarded with a chase birth. Honestly if you want to keep those that clinch a chase spot from doing cheating things at the end of a reg. season. Penalize both before the chase is set & in the chase. They did it to Carl Edwards a couple years back (wasnt the last race of reg. season though) Took points away from him during the reg. season & they took 3 points from him in the chase. if he made the chase. I just have to disagree with you. not just because I am a Ryan fan, but because you cant allow teams to cheat their way into the chase (playoffs) That would be my stance even if Tony spun out on purpose to get Ryan in the chase.