According to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NASCAR VP of Competition Elton Sawyer said that Austin Cindric will not be penalized for his incident with Austin Dillon this past weekend at Gateway. Sawyer called the incident merely “Hard racing”.
- Cindric was under scrutiny after Dillon claimed that Cindric should be suspended. Dillon also called the wreck “Intentional,” and team owner Richard Childress said that the incident was “Payback.”
- NASCAR has twice suspended drivers in the past year for intentional wrecks. Bubba Wallace was suspended for wrecking Kyle Larson intentionally at Las Vegas, and Chase Elliott was suspended for Gateway this past weekend for intentionally wrecking Denny Hamlin at the Coca-Cola 600.
- Fans on Social Media are somewhat split on this one. Some say this is the right call, while others claim it is the wrong call.
The Main Characters
Austin Cindric releases the SMT data, and his own statement on the issue.
The incident between Dillon and Cindric where Dillon called for Cindric to be penalized
From the Officials
NASCAR going into more detail on the decision to not penalize Cindric.
In the Stands
Shawn Schultz feels this is not a good move.
don b believes this could set off some interesting conversations.
PJCoy is okay with there being no penalty.
Timothy Gilroy shares his thoughts, and seems to say that not every situation is the same.
AJ Reynolds is pulling plays from the Denny Hamlin Playbook of Penalties.
Nick on the release of the SMT data.
Talha does not like that Cindric had to release the data and a full statement for this weekend.
On Your Screen
ElitePrecision29 is on Cindric’s side.
In Your Ear
Denny Hamlin shared his full thoughts on the incident on Actions Detrimental, and he believed Cindric’s actions were dangerous.
From the Pressbox
Bob Pockrass points out that Austin Dillon will not like Cindric’s viewpoint on the SMT data.
Obviously, this is not quite as egregious as the other incidents that have happened causing suspensions. However, there does seem to be a split as to whether Cindric should have been suspended or not.