Thoughts on Penske Penalties

Just some quick thoughts from this NASCAR Fan’s view. By now, everyone’s heard of the ruling by chief appellate officer John Middlebrook and they know that Penske’s penalties have been reduced. Since that is the fifth reduction out of six taken before him in three years, makes this fan wonder if NASCAR thinks their penalties are too soft (if they’re going to keep getting reduced.)


Honestly, this fan thinks that sounds just a little bit wimpy but, it’s okay because NASCAR is still NASCAR and I do respect John Middlebrook’s decision.


I am of the opinion that the penalties shouldn’t have been reduced as much as they were. I could’ve understood reducing them by half or one third but two thirds doesn’t make sense to me. It all goes back to intent and many in the garage area believe that there was intent on the part of the Penske teams. Makes one wonder whether or not NASCAR will be able to control certain other things in the future.


Of course no one will care about this, but when I was racing at our local short tracks. We got torn down and found illegal because we ground the oil passages on our motor and they said that wasn’t legal. In reality, that didn’t do a thing for making us go faster but because the rulebook didn’t say we could, they said that it was illegal. Of course the rules were changed after that to state that we could not do that to the engines in the future.


This fans believes working in gray areas should have its consequences especially when the line is stepped over, although I do understand both sides of the issue.


Should be interesting to see how all the rulings go for the JGR #20 team tomorrow. After all, what is too severe when it comes to penalties…?


See Ya Next Time…


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Rusty Norman is a writer, Big NASCAR Fan, Jesus believer, musician and former local Stock Car racer. singer, songwriter, author and blogger. He was born in Southern Illinois and moved to Florida with his parents in 1962. His first story was published in the 1968 school literary magazine when he was a junior at Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers, FL. Although he didn't venture into writing immedately, he did begin writing regularly over twenty-five years ago. He has also been a sound technician over the last 40 plus years and produces, almost weekly blogcasts during the racing season on his Nascar websites as well as being involved in the media ministry at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, FL. He maintains several websites, each with a different focus, and continues writing songs, poetry and short stories along with articles like those found in his "Living Life Notes" series. He has just released the first of three planned books in the Living Life Notes series. The second is expected to be released in the middle to late September of this year and the third is planned to be released sometime in 2015. He also has several other books and stories in the works as well,