Are NASCAR Penalties Fair For Charlotte Post-Race Chaos?
Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart were the only ones fined for chaos that took place after Saturday night's race in Charlotte.
Keselowski was fined $50,000 and placed on four weeks probation. Stewart was fined $25,000 and placed on probation for four races. Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin were not penalized at all.
This is a two-phase problem for me, but we will get to that in a minute. In case you missed it, here’s what happened in a nutshell:
Keselowski was upset about two bad restarts. He blamed one on Hamlin and the other on Kenseth. Fast forward to the cool down lap. Hamlin brake checks Keselowski so Keselowski tries to hit him, causing him to go into the wall.
Then, coming onto to Pit Road to park, Keselowski side swipes Kenseth, who has already removed his seat belts (standard practice known to all drivers, making this move by Keselowski even more dangerous and irresponsible). As a result of the side swipe, Keselowski also hits Tony Stewart. Tony then puts his car in reverse and hits Keselowski.
Now, cars are behind the wall: Hamlin drives to find Keselowski at his garage. Keselowski then fires his car back up and drives away from Hamlin. Once parked, Hamlin had to be restrained from going after Keselowski.
Keselowski then walks to his hauler alone when Kenseth finds him and jumps on his back, resulting in tons of crew team members joining in.
So that’s the jist of it!
My view: Keselowski needs to stop acting like a baby when things don’t go his way and blaming others. He certainly should not be using his car to get back at drivers!
Hamlin should not be driving erratically behind the wall where people are walking to find another driver, it’s dangerous. For Keselowski, the same advice.
Kenseth attacking another driver is not right either. I know tempers flare, but we don’t need that. But I get it! And it was a great video. I digress!
My phase 2 issue: Tony Stewart gets penalized? Nothing to Hamlin and Kenseth. Stewart? Really?
Kenseth and Hamlin both did some pretty dangerous things as well. Tony Stewart was really just a side part of this story. I believe the only reason he was penalized was because of the accident in Canandaigua. I really do, and that's not right. Listen, it wasn't safe what he did on the track, but to not penalize Hamlin or Kenseth? That raises a red flag for me.
So, watch the videos and tell me what you think. Were the penalties fair? Did Stewart get penalized unfairly? I kinda think so. You?