A Very Silly Spring in NASCAR, Indeed

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Jayski, the Silly Season Guy!

Last week I went on a rant about the new rule changes in the Cup series. Dave Moody of MRN and Sirius Radio had an interesting take on the changes regarding the changes on his show after the announcement.

As he said, and rightly so, the boat has sailed on this issue so we all better get on board because that is the way it is going to be.

And while this is true, it doesn’t mean that I have to enjoy the boat ride.

Enhancements To NASCAR Penalty Structure, Appeals Process Announced

Deterrence, Appeal Changes Aimed Toward Better Effectiveness, More Transparency

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2014) – As part of its wide-ranging initiatives to transform its competition model, NASCAR today announced enhancements to its penalty structure and appeals process beginning this season. In addition to these changes, NASCAR also announced the appointment of a Final Appeals Officer for the sport.

“NASCAR’s Deterrence System is designed to help maintain the integrity and competitive balance of our sport while sending a clear message that rules violations will not be tolerated,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of racing operations. “This is a more transparent and effective model that specifically spells out that ‘X’ infraction equals ‘X’ penalty for technical infractions.

“At the same time, we believe the Appeals process allows a fair opportunity for our NASCAR Members to be heard, and have penalty disputes resolved by an impartial, relevant group of people with the ability to handle the complexities inherent in any appeal. This system has been tailored specifically to fit the needs of our sport.”