The big talk this week has been the 5 and the 48 car’s inspection. Both cars were deemed by NASCAR to be legal, but……. they were told not to bring the same cars back to the track like that again. The issue was the offset on the tail, which helps the rear of the car stick to the ground instead of spinning out, of the #5 Kellogg’s Chevy just made the tolerance. NASCAR allows a tolerance of 0.070 of an inch for the body off of the center line of the car. Suffice it to say, JJ’s #48 car didn’t make it. But by how much? NASCAR claims it was .006 over the tolerance. That’s about the thickness of two sheets of copier paper. Is that eno8ugh to make a difference? You bet it is!if not why did HMS push the boundary one this? The reason is to gain an advantage, pure and simple that’s why teams do the things they do.
Now for my issue with this call, yeah it may be within tolerances but is it with in the spirit of the rule? Depends on which side of the coin you like to be on, if your a HMS fan yeah its fine, but if your the rest of the world, it is cheating, and HMS has fans and haters….. no in betweeners, people either love them or hate them. From the top of the dr’s box I say “let it go we will get them next time”, but some fans don’t feel this way, they want to see the 48 team grilled on the bbq anytime there is any question of cheating….but as it stands John Darby said “NASCAR’s job is to police the sport and manage the sport&but we also work very closely with the competitors on helping the competitors to make sure we get the right results (i.e., warning teams when they get too close to the line). Take any measurement: say the car has to weigh at least 3,450 pounds∧ if a car comes through inspection right at 3,450 pounds, we’ll point that out to the team and say ‘Hey, what are you doing? What’s wrong with putting two more pounds in there&because you’re putting a lot in the bank that our scales are going to measure the same every time.’ We do it with engines, carburetors, everything. We owe it to the teams to do that. So (Tuesday, after the post-race inspection in Concord) we called the teams and said ‘This thing is passing, but&.if the exact same car comes back next week, and if our inspectors are five-thousandths (of an inch) off, guess what you’re not going to be right at the tolerance, you’re going to be over it.”
Now is it worth it to risk a chase Championship over 2 sheets of paper? You tell me.
Another issue I am wondering about is with Tony Stewart having engine issues at Kansas in practice is HMS giving him the best engines it has? Or is HMS saving the good stuff for it’s team drivers? Lets wait til the season is over and see how this one shakes out…
I have been disappointed in Mark Martin in the way he has turned into a HMS clone with his media answers sounding like an old version of Jimmie Johnson, “oh I got the best cars I have ever had….blah blah blah…….”he acts like HMS is the only team he has ever drove for. Funny how fast drivers forget where they come from….
I just watched John Darby talking about the 5 and the 48 teams, saying that “NASCAR don’t want to do anything that will affect the points,” well then the teams shouldn’t cheat! It is not NASCAR’s job to worry about who wins, it is NASCAR’s job to enforce the rules, pure and simple. Wonder how much Darby makes from HMS a year? Sure seems he is in their pocket sometimes.
Well like it or not that is the dr’s thoughts from the top of the box this week. Now let’s go racin!!!!!