“It’s Not a Murder Trial” – Hendrick Motorsports’ Latest Update Has Fans Going Restless Over $400,000 NASCAR Beef

Published 03/22/2023, 6:46 AM EDT

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The race at Phoenix Raceway cast a dark shadow over the entirety of Hendrick Motorsports. After being hit by massive penalties for L-2 violations, uncertainty about the team’s appeal against the decision still looms around the corner. Earlier, NASCAR had implemented a massive $400,000 fine over the team, along with several other penalties.

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As per recent news, shared by the eminent NASCAR journalist, Bob Pockrass, Hendrick would still be stuck with their interim crews for the upcoming weekend.

This raised eyebrows among the fan bases across social media. Many of them asked for a fair trial by accepting a date for an appeal and argued that delaying such was only painting NASCAR in a bad light.

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As per Bob Pockrass, Hendrick Motorsports plans on using the same interim crew chief-car combinations this weekend at COTA (Kevin Meendering-Kyle Larson, Greg Ives-Alex Bowman, Brian Campe-William Byron, Tom Gray-Jordan Taylor).

This indicated that despite all this time, the appeal has still not worked for the powerhouse NASCAR team. However, on the basis of Jeff Gordon’s previous comments against NASCAR, there is still hope for things to play out in Hendrick Motorsports’ favor. However, ever since Pockrass revealed that the interim crew would be continuing at COTA, fans have been going restless. They soon expressed their views on the matter over social media.

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Following the news of Hendrick Motorsports still having to field their interim crew for the upcoming weekend, fans were left outraged against the delays being put up by NASCAR.

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The fans called out NASCAR to have given the team a punishment without a fair trial. Their anger on social media thereafter was imminent.

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They also questioned why had NASCAR not clarified an appeal date till now. Furthermore, they called out the organizing forces of the sport through social media.

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However, using Hendrick Motorsports as an example of cheating might have been a bit harsh. Even though it might be justified for fair competition. However, NASCAR should have accepted an appeal date by now. Delaying this process does make it look as if they were conducting a murder trial, as the fan suggested.

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Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.
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