After the pepsi 500 at Auto Club Kasey Kahne was caught complaining about NASCAR and them throwing debris cautions all year long.
After another phantom debris caution at Martinsville Denny Hamlin said on his radio "NASCAR's giving him another chance." Hamlin was implying that the debris caution was to allow Jimmie Johnson to catch up and have another shot at the win to make the finish better.
Tony Stewart in 2006 after the spring race at Phoenix was the first driver to bring up NASCAR cheapening the race to make it more exciting for the fans.
Today at Talladega all that was intensified.
Mike Helton told the drivers no bump drafting in the turns 1-2 and 3-4 and saying that if they were caught doing this they would get penalized. Practically telling the drivers who are indeed professionals how to drive.
With that fear of getting penalized for doing your job, the yellow line rule and the fact that it is Talladega was the perfect storm to become one of the worst days in NASCAR's 61 year history.
At the start everyone was so scared of getting penalized they rode around on the high line.
Then towards the end of the race we saw some hard contact resulting in 2 multi car crashes within the last 3 laps resulting with 2 chase drivers ending up on their lids (Ryan Newman and Mark Martin)
And 4 chase drivers finishing outside the top 20 (Juan Pablo Montoya 21st, Jeff Gordon 24th, Kurt Busch 30th, and Tony Stewart 35th) While the points leader Jimmie Johnson finishing 8th and now has a 181 point lead with 3 races to go surely having the championship in hand.
Ryan Newman had some choice words for NASCAR
"Back in the day with Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, and Cale Yarbourgh they had respect I guess we just don't get that respect anymore."
Mark Martin wasn't as blunt but you could tell he wasn't happy with NASCAR with him saying
"I don't know what happened." Martin said. "I guess I'll find out tonight, congrats to Jamie McMurray."
With all this happening this does not bode well for NASCAR.
With NASCAR telling the drivers how to race (which basically respects the drivers saying they don't know how to race so they'll tell them how), all of Johnson's competitors wrecking out while he would finish 8th and for all intents and purposes wrapped up.
With ratings already decreasing today was suppose to save NASCAR but perhaps has ruined NASCAR.
Now I know this will not make the front page by no means since this is not "pro NASCAR" But this must be said and I want opinion out there.
But as for plate racing, please whatever NASCAR was doing in 2004 go back to that.