Clint Bowyer: Calling NASCAR Out in Public is a Big Mistake, Ask Jeremy Mayfield

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst ISeptember 25, 2010

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After winning the first race in the Cup Championship series at Loudon, Clint Bowyer's team was penalized 150 points and fined $150,000 for failing the post-race inspection at NASCAR’s R&D center.

To add insult to injury, Bowyer shot himself in the foot by having a tell-all press conference.

Not a smart move by RCR.

Clint Boyer called out NASCAR in a very passionate press conference. He read a list of reasons why NASCAR was wrong in issuing those penalties and suspension.

(Curious? Look them up, too long for scope of this article.)

I’m only an opinionated fan, not an expert and not all that smart, but I don’t need an Ivy League education to understand this concept: YOU DO NOT PUT AUTHORITY IN A POSITION WHERE THEY HAVE NO RECOURSE TO SAVE FACE.

Most of us learn that before we begin our working careers. After poking “the Bear” the chances of getting this decision reversed are less than hitting the Mega-Million four weeks in a row.

NASCAR has to stick by their guns. Why?

Understand what I’m saying, Bowyer not only put NASCAR in an embarrassing situation, but he also challenged their authority and the processes they use to run their sport.

That’s big. Most of us would get booted for a lot less. I would be surprised if NASCAR doesn’t further penalize Mr. Boyer for “statements detrimental to the sport.” You know, that’s the quote all major sports release to the media when they want a player to shut up and play.


Not only did Mr. Boyer give a point-by-point explanation, but he also did a show-and-tell segment by bringing a quarter—yes folks, 25 cents—to give the media and fans a reference point to the minuscule measurement by which he missed the inspection.

I was left with my mouth open after that, I just could not believe it.

Boyer, in my opinion, is trying to give credence to the word “almost pregnant.” As we all should know (I hope), there is no such thing as “almost pregnant”—you either are or are not, there is no almost about it.

The point is, the car did not meet the specs, period. RCR claims the tow truck that pushed them to the winners' circle might have thrown the car out of whack. I find that a believable story, but a town square meeting is not the appropriate place to make a plea to NASCAR.

Those arguments should have been made in the appeals meetings with NASCAR. Closed door and confidential is the way big-time sports handle this situations.

No matter what side you're on, I’m sure we can agree on that.

As always, this is just a fan's opinion and from what I understand, everybody has one and I thank God for that.

Enough said.


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