Should NASCAR Penalize Drivers For Off-Track Disobedience?

Lee FraserCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2009

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 25:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and the field come in for pit stops during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 25, 2009 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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This week, for a second straight week, another driver has a brush with the law.

A.J. Allmendinger, driver of the No. 44 Dodge for Richard Petty Motorsports, was pulled over on early Thursday morning.

Allmendinger reportedly blew a .08 on the breathalyzer test, which is the legal limit in the state of North Carolina.

This comes a week after NASCAR driver and owner Michael Waltrip hit a motorcycler in his car last week. Police expected that alcohol was involved and Waltrip blew a .06 on the breathalyzer test.

These incidents are embarrassments to the sport of NASCAR.

Should NASCAR police there drivers for off-track incidents?

I believe that they should. This is two weeks in a row and these drivers are adults. Waltrip obviously didn't learn from his first brush with the law in 2007, because he's done it again in 2009.

Both Busch brothers have had brushes with the law as well. Kurt Busch got a DUI right around this time in 2005. At that time, he was driving for Roush Racing and it was already announced that he was going to Penske Racing in 2006. Jack Roush told him to take the rest of the year off afterwards and Kenny Wallace drove the No. 97 Ford for the final two races of the season.

Kyle Busch got charged with reckless driving early in his career too. Rick Hendrick did not publicly penalize Kyle for those actions.

If these drivers do not learn from their mistakes then NASCAR needs to step in.

I believe in second chances and I believe that Allmendinger should get a pass in this situation. However, he should also be placed on probation and warned that this is his last chance.

This is where it all starts. If NASCAR does not start to police these drivers, what's next?

They need to take action in these situations before NASCAR has the same legal issues and problems as the NFL.


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