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Bowyer: “I don’t like the penalties, I don’t like the appeals process”

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Cody Williams is the author of BUNNY BOY and THE FIFTH LINE. He lives near Bristol, TN.
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The former driver-turned NASCAR on FOX host argues that the penalties and appeals process does not look good for the sport; wants to just go racing

What’s Happening?

During NASCAR Race Day, FOX host Clint Bowyer started that, in no uncertain terms, he is sick and tired of talking about all the penalties and appeals (failed or won) that have been dominating the NASCAR News headlines the last few weeks.

In the short clip below, Boyer claims that the whole mess is embarrassing for the sport, stating that what looks good for NASCAR is “that track out there” as he points to the surface of Bristol Dirt.

You Need To Know:

  • NASCAR has been unhappy with several of the teams in recent weeks. The whole ordeal started when Hendrick Motorsports were hit with an L-1 penalty after the hood louvers on all four of their racecars were found to be modified. Kaulig was hit with a similar penalty the same week and Denny Hamlin would go on to be issued a penalty for “actions detrimental to NASCAR” over some comments he made about intentionally crashing Ross Chastain at Phoenix. While all three would go on to lose their respective appeals, HMS got their points penalties rescinded while Hamlin’s and Kaulig’s penalties were both upheld. HMS would go on to be handed an L-2 penalty for modifying a single source part once again this past week at Richmond. As of now, there is no word on whether or not Hendrick Motorsports intends to appeal the second penalty.
  • In the clip below, Bowyer states that all these penalties and their subsequent appeals “don’t make NASCAR look good”. NASCAR clearly feels the same way as their displeasure with the outcome of the HMS appeal was duly noted and they even changed some passages in the NASCAR Rulebook, stripping some power for the Motorsports Appeals Panel. The inconsistencies not only in penalties handed out also (and perhaps more importantly) in how the Appeals Panel hears each case make it appear that NASCAR is incompetent in policing their own sport. Maybe Clint Bwoyer has a point that NASCAR’s and the team’s time would be better spent improving the on track product rather than in a court room arguing cases, seemingly on a weekly basis.
  • Fans are also seemingly sick and tired of the whole mess. While some applaud the drama for its entertaining value through the week when not much else is going on in the world of NASCAR, more seem annoyed by the whole process and how confusing it is. Many believe Bowyer struck gold with this rant.

The Main Characters

NASCAR, being the governing body for a sport in America, seems to always be subject to scrutiny. Bowyer seems to think that their time would be better spent worrying about the on track process rather than a third-party appeals panel stripping them of their authority. Is he right?

In The Stands

Pam Miller theorizes that NASCAR is running low on dough, hence the spree of penalties…

Sam Hall says Clint Bowyer wins! Put simply enough.

James (apparently a Kyle Busch fan) likes the drama through an otherwise quiet work week.

Richard Murphy loved Boyer’s suggestion of fetching Judge Judy and letting that be the end of it. Would be pretty cool…

Hardy doesn’t care for Boyer’s commentary in general…he thinks he’s loud and annoying, horribly unfunny.

Josh Hamilton wishes to give Clint Bowyer a round of applause.

On Your Screen

Jeremy Lightning agrees with Boyer 100%, which is apparently a rarity…

What do you think, Daily Downforce readers? Has talk about the penalties started to run a little too thin? Let us know!

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Cody Williams

Cody Williams is the author of BUNNY BOY and THE FIFTH LINE. He lives near Bristol, TN.
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