As a result of the collective punishment of $400,000 that Hendrick Motorsports was fined, it caused a wide range of reactions. The majority of people believe that this kills creativity in NASCAR and that things like this create even greater problems for the sport.
One of the most influential people in the race, Kyle Petty, gave his own commentary on this. According to the racing commentator, NASCAR differs from other sports in a number of ways, and individuals are trying to cheat the system in many ways.
“Racing [is] unlike any other sport. Nobody takes the NFL rulebook, or Major League Baseball rulebook, or golf and they say, ‘Hmmm, maybe I could do this. How can I get in between these rules?’ But everyone would take the NASCAR rulebook and say, “Hmmm, how can I get in between these two rules.’ That’s what you did.
That’s what you did from 1949, the first time they ever run a Cup race, until Rick [Hendrick] was fined recently”. - Kyle Petty said, as quoted by on3.com!
Kyle Petty believes that NASCAR with penalties sends a strong message to everyone that they cannot do similar things.
On the other hand, Petty misses NASCAR from a bygone era when creativity was valued and there was much more excitement. There are a few names that Petty mentioned “If I allow Kenny Wallace’s team to [bend therules], it’s going to spread through the garage area like wildfire.
So, I have to slap you hard to send that message, and I think that’s where they’re at with all their rules and all their penalties. I don’t like it, and I don’t like to see them because I like creativity and I like to see people use their minds and I’d like to see another Leonard Wood in this sport.
I’d like to see another Ray Evernham in this sport, somebody creative like that. But they kill the creativity with the rules and that’s just the way it is”.
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