NASCAR Needs To Let Its Drivers Drive

Robert PritchettContributor IMarch 29, 2009

MARTINSVILLE, VA - MARCH 27: Brian Vickers, driver of the #83 Red Bull Toyota drives during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway on March 27, 2009 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Recently the talk is why are NASCAR races so boring.  Are the boring races due to the tracks, which allow for more grooves, the cars are all to similar, or the drivers attitudes.

Boring races my be due to all of these but the biggest problem is NASCAR and its rules.

Drivers are no longer allowed to be aggressive on the track for fear of the wrath of NASCAR.

If a driver gets the slightest bit agressive, NASCAR says we going to black flag you for a stop and go penalty or send them to the back of the field

This could take a top contender from the top of the field to a lap down depending on the track size and pit road speed.

If there is an incident on the track after the race NASCAR reviews it and then hands out it penalties.  These can be from extremely high fines to drivers, crew chiefs, and owner.

Nascar may also take away driver and owner points that substantially could affect the standing which that team  may never over come. Recall Michael Waltrip with his first year with Toyota, although not a penalty for a on track incident, the penalty kept him out of the top 35 all year.

NASCAR needs to lighten up and let drivers drive.  Let the aggression be put back on the track. 

Drivers need some latitude on the track to bump, move drivers out of the way and my favorite put a driver in the wall if needed, when that driver won't move over.

NASCAR has become the big brother that our government has turned into.  NASCAR needs aggression in the series or fans are going to move away.

Fans don't want to see anyone hurt, but they don't want to watch slot car racing.

Drivers and owners need to speak up and voice their dislikes the way King NASCAR is run and hands down it penalties. Maybe owners need to take a hit in the pocket book and protest a race or 2 to show they mean business.

Let's put the bump, rub, wall, back into NASCAR and send NASCAR to the penlty box.