NASCAR penalizes Tony Stewart for questioning safety

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 1:49 AM

NASCAR'south behavioral policy allows it to fine drivers up to $50.000 for comments that disparage the sport or its leadership. "We shouldn't be playing games with safety to win races," Stewart told reporters following an appearance Wednesday.

NASCAR penalizes Tony Stewart for questioning safety

NASCAR has fined Tony Stewart $35.000 for questioning its commitment to safety in comments he made Wednesday when discussing whether NASCAR should return to legislating how many lugnuts are tight when a driver leaves pit road.

NASCAR'south behavioral policy allows it to fine drivers up to $50.000 for comments that disparage the sport or its leadership.

"We shouldn't be playing games with safety to win races," Stewart told reporters following an appearance Wednesday. "It should be outperforming the other teams, not jeopardizing drivers' lives by teams putting two [of five] lugnuts on to attempt to obtain two more spots off of pit road."

With the debut latest year of a new officiating computer software system that alerts executive to potential violations by video, NASCAR decided to stop requiring all lugnuts to be tight. At the time, NASCAR executives said in the previous system it was challenging for the executive on pit road to define how many were actually tight and that the new system also means that executive don't have to stand on pit road except in special instances.

To compensate for any team trying to thrust the rules, NASCAR keep the penalty for having a wheel arrive off during the race as a P3 penalty on its P1-to-6 scale and with the potential of a 15-point penalty and a lengthy crew-chief suspension. Teams in recent weeks have tightened as few as three lugnuts on a stop so they can modify tires more quickly and gain valuable positions on pit road.

"When you preach about safety, why'd you sit there and have cars running that are two hundred miles an hr at the finish of a straightaway that don't have all the lugnuts on the wheels that should be on it?" Stewart said.

NASCAR chairman Brian France, speaking to members of the Associated Press Sports Editors, said Stewart was incorrect with his comments.

"Nobody has led, done more and achieved more in safety than we have," he said. "It's a never-ending assignment and we accept that.

"We do get offense that anything we do is somehow leading towards an unsafe environment, so he'south incorrect on that."

Stewart said he's "beyond mad" over NASCAR'south refusal to legislate lugnut tightness.

"We're putting the drivers in jeopardy to obtain track position at the finish [of races]," Stewart said Wednesday. "It'south not bit anybody yet, but I guarantee you that envelope is going to hold getting pushed until somebody gets hurt.

"You'll not have heard a rant that'south going to be as horrible as what's going to arrive out of my mouth if a driver gets damage because a loose wheel hurts one of them."

Stewart indicated that the trend is that someone will get hurt.

"That's going to be one of the largest black eyes I can look NASCAR getting when they've worked so hard, they've done such a excellent work to create it secure and this one specific area, they're totally dropping the ball on and I perceive love made a very grossly horrible decision," Stewart said.

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