Long's Life Sentence: How NASCAR Ruined Someone's Life!

Brandon CaldwellCorrespondent IJune 2, 2009

CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 11: Carl Long, driver of the #08 Dodge, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 11, 2007 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Twenty years is a long time.

That's how long I've been alive. Twenty years.

I've also been watching NASCAR Racing for just as long.

I've seen many unforgettable things in NASCAR.

I've seen many phantom yellow flags and rule bending for certain drivers.

All stupid things that NASCAR should be embarrassed of, but today, this is the lowest ANYONE could go.

Carl Long is from Roxboro, N.C., and he is 42 years old.

He started racing in NASCAR when he was 30 years. For those 30 years, he worked as hard as anyone to achieve a dream of NASCAR racing.

And today, because of this dream, Carl Long's life is over!

A regular guy, who's worst offense in his life was probably a speeding ticket (hey no one is perfect), got his life ruined today on an accidental cheating scandal.

I watch Forensic Files a lot, and some people only get 20 years for some heinous crime like murder, and Carl Long just got a life sentence, for RACING!!

His engine was bigger than everyone else's after post race inspection of his No. 46 Dodge.

The difference is so small, you can't even fathom it.

And today, poor Carl Long got a life sentence.

Carl was fined $200,000 for something that in the grand scale of life, is legal.

Carl didn't intentionally cheat. He's a little owner/driver that runs the team out of his garage. I'm pretty sure he realized that he wasn't going to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

The only thing he would have gotten was another position or two with his engine, which blew up because he used it so much, and wasn't going to win the race.

Who cares about an All-Star race anyway? Remember Jeff Gordon's T-Rex car, NASCAR didn't penalize Hendrick Motorsports for that, did they?

What about when Jeff and Dale Earnhardt wrecked, and NASCAR allowed them to have back-up cars to come back into the race with?

Carl Long was fined $200,000 by NASCAR, and his crew chief was also fined $200,000.

Carl in 14 Nationwide Series races has only made $206,781 in his career, and that doesn't count what he spends on making the race.

His crew chief went to the hospital for chest pains a day after his learning of the fines.

A life-long sentence, in NASCAR. NASCAR is a credible racing series, but cheating in it shouldn't ruin anyone's life.

This was started for fun. People having fun doing what they love. What the hell happened??

John Darby, Robin Pemberton, Mike Helton, Brian France, and the appeals committee, how can you sleep at night?

In 2007, Michael Waltrip blatantly cheated, adding a foreign substance to his racecar, and with three big-money teams, he was only fined $100,000 for a scandal. He obviously knew what happened.

NASCAR come on. $20,000 I could see, he did cheat, and he unfortunately should be fined for this, its bad luck, but a point needs to be made. He could afford $20,000 easily, and that would be like a $200,000 for Hendrick Motorsports, or Roush or Gibbs.

But $200,000 is a little steep for EGR and the other smaller teams, and Carl Long can't even compete with them, not even close.

NASCAR, you added a new low to the world. When you see someone that you don't like, don't call them a scum bag, or a POS, or any of those things, the new thing to call them is NASCAR.

I'm embarrassed to be a part of it, and I feel for this guy. Go Carl, I hope you make it through it, somehow.

And to NASCAR, all of the times I've gotten new fans involved in the sport, forget about it, you don't deserve it.

O.J. Simpson, step aside, NASCAR is the new a-hole of the world. Murder of the first degree for NASCAR, no higher than that, now there's NASCAR murder.

Carl, we all feel for you, sorry I'm a fan, and made NASCAR popular, for you to come and try and race, I'm sorry, I won't be back again; I'm ashamed of this sport.

To everyone on bleacher report, whether or not this is an article, lets just get something going for Carl Long, I wish there was something more I could do!