Originally Posted by GloryDayz
Since multi-car "teams" make this a "team sport" NASCAR's going to need to figure out how to deal with it.
Any ideas on how they do that? I think it was bullshit, but NASCAR touts itself as a team sport. What MWR did was the ultimate "team" move. The only rule NASCAR has about self induced actions that bring out a caution is that individual car cannot benefit from the caution coming out (causing the caution to receive the lucky dog, to not have to pit under green to fix a problem with the car, etc). How can you penalize a car for spinning out (prove he purposely did it) when it didn't benefit him to do it? Or tell a team they can't pit to look at a problem because screwing themselves is going to move the people up in order that are running behind them? Or go super stupid and penalize the teams that are owned by the same owner running in front of their teammate that brought out the caution? In this case it would have been 100% completely unfair to punish Truex for something he had no knowledge of nor took part in. The whole thing is ****ed and I see no way of fixing it for everyone fairly.
I don't think there's a single person that watched what happened and has since learned about what all went on with the 15 and 55 teams and not conclude that it was all calculated by MWR to get Truex into the Chase, but what they did didn't keep Newman from winning the race or keep him and Gordon out of the Chase. Newman himself said they lost the race on pit road. When Bowyer spunout the 39 team had complete control over their own destiny and blew it. Gordon and the 24 team missed the Chase by one point because they ran like a fringe top 10 team all year, didn't win a race, and the 22 did.
MWR engineered (to the best of their ability given the circumstances) a way to get the 55 team into the Chase. It is considered bullshit by most NASCAR fans, but they did what they could as an organization to get another team into the Chase to compete for the championship. When you look at what it is they did in the short amount of time they had to figure it out it was pretty damn impressive what they pulled off, but it only happened and was possible because their competition shit the bed.
Count me in as one of those that thinks it was bullshit and not something I want to see again, but how do you prove it, police it, and then retroactively enforce it by taking away Truex's spot in the Chase in a sport that won't even take away a win from a team when they are found to have won a race with an illegal car for the sake of wanting the people at the track to leave knowing who won the race (which is a stated NASCAR policy)?