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The Art of Racing 4-1
Too many rules in NASCAR?
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NASCAR took the week off, but there was no lack of news. Following the Auto Club 400, I mentioned penalties and fines could be issued to several drivers and teams for rules infractions during and after the race.
That brings to mind, are there too many rules in NASCAR? NASCAR is no different than our local and national governments. When something happens, a new law is suggested, or in some cases, implemented. NASCAR is no different as it revises the rulebook constantly to ensure incidents that occurred in the past do not happen again without penalty.
NASCAR reviewed several incidents after the Auto Club 400 and issued fines/ penalties to Danica Patrick and Kyle Busch. Patrick was fined $20,000 for walking onto the race track while cars were in motion. She had issues with Kasey Khane who crashed her out of the race. She was also put on probation for the next four Sprint Cup races. 
Her action was considered a safety violation. The rule went into effect following Tony Stewart striking and killing another driver during a sprint car race in upstate New York.
If Patrick had only waited until after the race, she could have punched Khane in the face and would have gotten away with it.
Post-race issues with the media caused NASCAR to consider fines and/or probation for Kyle Busch and Cole Pearn. Pearn took to Twitter to sling an insult at Joey Logano. NASCAR decided to stay out of the social media issue, taking no action against Pearn. 
Busch was not reprimanded for his comments following the Xfinity 300 race in which he told his team via radio communication NASCAR conspired to manipulate the finish. The allegation of deliberately manipulating the outcome of races is something NASCAR strongly takes offense to and when a competitor states such a thing publicly -- or in Busch’s case, on a forum that could be heard by the masses -- the sanctioning body has responded accordingly. But in this instance, NASCAR let the transgression slide, probably because they could get Busch on another transgression.
Busch finished second in the race and NASCAR’s rules book requires the top three finishers in a NASCAR race to meet with the media. Busch failed to do this resulting in his being fined $10,000 and put on probation for Xfinity races through April 27.
Several drivers have had issues with the media and have been fined for what they said. In most instances, some reporter will stick a microphone in a driver’s face after they have come off the track due to a crash. The drivers are still in an excitable state and do not realize what they may say. Let the drivers cool off and maybe review the tape of the incident before asking them to comment.