“They’d Suspend Tom Brady, Add Jeff Gordon to the Playoffs” – NASCAR Under Fire as Sarcastic Fans Show No Mercy Amidst Ongoing Safety Woes

Published 10/01/2022, 1:15 PM EDT
Chris Buescher (17), Daniel Suarez (99), Denny Hamlin (11), Justin Haley (31), Ty Dillon (42), Aric Almirola (10) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (47) are involved in a multi-car accident between turns 1 and 2 during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Dow Graham)

Each week a new NASCAR race makes it to the headlines for one reason or another. From tire bursts and engine issues to drivers running into each other and NASCAR punishing them with new penalties and fines. Every race seems like an action-packed movie. But what would NASCAR do if one day a driver chooses to retaliate dangerously?

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A NASCAR fan recently asked how would NASCAR react if, in retaliation, a driver accidentally kills or severely injures their fellow competitor. And owing to the governing body’s history of unexpected decisions surrounding safety, the reply section soon flooded with hilarious answers.

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It is clear that all these bizarre answers are related to the governing’s body’s past decisions. Moreover, fans have been quite vocal in expressing their concerns over the new Next Gen cars introduced into the sport.

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Apart from that, recently, NASCAR penalized two drivers for flouting on-track rules. Although their punishment was seen as quite ‘exorbitant’, fans believed that the governing body failed to look at the safety aspect of it all.

NASCAR fans upset about the latest rulings

NASCAR fined William Byron and Ty Gibbs for rough driving at the Texas Motor Speedway. Byron, spun out Denny Hamlin while the race was under caution. And hence, his fine included a penalty of 25 owner points and $50,000. Gibbs on the other hand traded paint with Ty Dillon on the pit road. Hence, NASCAR penalized him with $75,000 and 25 owner points.

But the two incidents were completely different. Ty Gibbs bumped his door into Ty Dillon’s right side and pushed him towards his left. However, pit crew members and NASCAR officials were on Dillon’s left. And Gibbs’ actions put their lives in peril.

Hence, fans think that the punishment is not enough from a safety point of view. Ty Gibbs’ retaliation on the pit road could have ended dangerously for the pit crew. And thus, Twitter users demanded more stringent action against him in the comment section.

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NASCAR’s streak of lenient decisions has continued to surprise fans. Moreover, the fans now want the governing body to introduce stricter penalties and rules for safety.

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Devyani Sharma

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Devyani Sharma is a NASCAR Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her postgrad in English Literature, she has worked as a content writer for a while now. With over three years of experience in the field and hundreds of articles published on the web, Devyani has now associated with EssentiallySports to start her journey in the world of sports journalism.

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