Tony Stewart Wins: Controversy At 'Dega

Mitch HeathCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2008

So I know I haven't written in a while and I also know that I don't have the power to appeal or change NASCAR decisions but the call that was made about Regan Smith earlier today was unfair.

In the green-white-checkered finish today during the Amp Energy 500 at the Talledega Superspeedway, Tony Stewart was named the winner although Regan Smith crossed the line first. Stewart was named the winner because Smith made his pass below the yellow line on the last lap but the NASCAR rules state that it is legal to pass below the line if forced under the line as is what happened.

Coming into the tri-oval, Stewart had the lead but Smith gained a run on Stewart and went for the pass but Stewart was trying to block Smith and ended up pushing Smith below the line and wouldn't allow him to come back on to the racing surface. After the checkered flag, NASCAR declared Stewart the winner because Smith went below the line.

In a post-race interview Smith stated that in the drivers' meeting they say that on the last lap anything goes and also mentioned the rule about being forced below the line and closed by saying, "second place sucks."

Which was after NASCAR's decision left Paul Menard in the second position and Regan Smith in the 18th spot which was the last car on the lead lap.

So I'm just guessing here but I'm expecting DEI inc. to appeal NASCAR's decision within the next few days.


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