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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!!!!!

cya@the races

the dr.



  1. Jason says:

    I don’t see how they can say .006 over tolerance on a body panel is not worth affecting points when .17 over tolerance for an engine is worth ruining Carl Long’s career.

    • drflavio309 says:

      point very well made, and since the team of hms could sneeze a fine like carl long had to pay out, it just don’t seem right…
      the dr.

  2. FLETCH346 says:

    Yes, I’m a HMS fan.. A Carl Edwards fan, a Kasey Kahne fan, a JPM fan… BUT!

    I believe a rule is a rule is a rule… There are no ‘grey areas’ … Say, you get pulled over for going 80 in a 45, you’re speeding. Ok, what if you get pulled over for going 46 in a 45.. Point is.. You’re still speeding, plain and simple. It boils down to what mood the officer is in….BUT, the law is still broken. A ticket should be given in either incident. Although, we all know who will get a ticket and who will make off with the warning.
    NASCAR, shouldn’t have this luxury. If you’re two sheet of paper or one past the variance.. A penalty should ensue.

  3. SLY 1 says:

    Man I wish I had your Knowlage dr,that was Informative
    to say the least – Agree with Mark turning into a clone – but look at it from his point – last chance to make a championship,an age thing,or $$$$.. as for Johnson I could care less if anything happened to the Milksop../great blog DR,,as always.

  4. SithLord196 says:

    Sorry dr. but I have to call out your inconsistency on this issue…

    How is NASCAR not penalizing HMS here putting NASCAR in their pocket, while screwing JPM at Indianapolis when it clearly helped HMS, not?

    You can’t have it both ways as you say.

    • drflavio309 says:

      sith nascar didn’t screw jpm at indy he done that to him self… one made him speed down pit road, and read what I wrote it said “it seems” nascar was in hms’s pocket……

      the dr.

  5. Little E says:

    My issue is, if it is legal, why mention it at all……I guess this was their way of issuing a preventative warning….and by making a statement about it they are warning others too.
    Something about this just does not sit right with me.Not sure what though..

    I pick Jimmie most weeks, sometimes Martin, because I want to win points but I am not a fan of either of them.

    As for Sith’s comment about JPM…..I am so glad JPM is showing them all how good he is, in spite of any background biases.

    • SLY 1 says:

      I have to agree,JPM has so far this year just what he’s made of,,I wish him luck,and I think he’s opened some eye’s.

  6. Jack says:

    My guess is that Nascar knew something was wrong with Hendrick cars and issued a warning after an inspection. They would have caused a riot if they levied any penalties involving points, they play it down and hope Hendrick gets the message. Big Brother is watching you.
    A lot of the credit for JPM being in the Chase has to go to his C.C this year.

  7. SithLord196 says:

    I agree Jack, but I think something a lot of people are overlooking is that they’re using the Chevy engines this year too, and that the chassis builder at EGR used to work for Hendrick (or one of the other big teams).

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