NASCAR Rules We Question: Edwards' Tire, Busch's Debris and Earnhardt at Daytona
News Flash: Carl Edwards should not have won the Kobalt Tools 400, or at least it should have been made harder on him.
On lap 150, three pit road penalties were dropped upon teams, although it should have been four. Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton each got busted for speeding, while Tony Stewart got busted for leaving his pit stall with equipment. If you look at Carl Edwards, he should have been penalized for a tire being outside of the pit box when he left.
The proper penalty for a tire leaving the pits is tail end of the longest. If the tire rolls into another team's pit stall or onto the middle of pit road or infield grass, that is your penalty. Edwards' tire rolled into the empty stall behind his and because his crew member grabbed it before it rolled out of that stall, no penalty.
NASCAR calls a tire in an empty stall different than a tire on the middle of pit road, another pit stall or grass as different. That doesn't seem fair, as leaving pit stall should equal leaving the pit stall, one way or another.
These types of rule twists have brought controversy to NASCAR this year in two other forms.
Another incident during the Kobalt Tools 400 was when Kyle Busch was awarded the Lucky Dog.
Busch got into the wall heavily, which brought forth no caution, though once debris was on track from his car, a caution was called. Busch was the first car off the lead lap, so he was awarded the lucky dog.
Most claim that not to be fair, as it was Busch who brought out the caution and anybody who brings out a caution cannot be awarded the lucky dog under that caution. However, the caution was called because of debris—not because of Busch's wall contact—so Busch gets the lucky dog.
You could say that Busch caused the debris, but who causes debris is not part of the cause of caution argument for NASCAR—unless a driver throws a water bottle on the track to get a caution.
Las Vegas isn't the only track that has seen debate, as back at Daytona in February, Dale Earnhardt Jr. got bitten by a rule with his practice crash in Wednesday's practice following qualifying.
In any other situation during Daytona 500 process qualifying, a driver who wrecks before the Gatorade Duels starts at the back of his Duel and gets awarded with his qualifying position accordingly to proper format.
However, if you lock yourself on the front row during Sunday's qualifying, you not only start at the back of the Duel, but also the Daytona 500. NASCAR's logic is you "qualified your starting position, so therefore you get the proper qualifying penalty as there before."
Basically, in a way, this penalizes someone for winning the pole or qualifying second in the 500. If you can win from anywhere in the field, then why would you want the pole or second and have a chance to be subjected to this?
NASCAR says they want to make things simpler for the fans to understand and here are three examples of how they could make things easier to understand to go along with the simplified points system.
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