Michael Waltrip's penalties

@foxyfire33 (10009)
United States
February 14, 2007 5:25pm CST
I'm watching the press conference on Speed channel right now. He got some pretty steep penalties but cheating is cheating. How do you all feel about what they decided? Starting 100 driver points and 100 owner points down is not going to easy to overcome. All the fines they got don't really add up much in comparison to the money they make. Losing the car will hurt them some as will the indefinite suspension of his crew chief and manager. I think the fines should have been higher but am otherwise ok with what they decided. I thought about whether he should have been suspended too for a race or two. I'm still not sure if that would have been fair since he lost 100 points already but maybe since he was cheating.
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@paidreader (5151)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I think the penalties were fair and intended to make a big statment to all. Hopefully some of these guys will get the message since the penalties keep getting stiffer. I have always liked Waltrip and now that he's not with DEI, I think I'll miss his commercials with Jr. :(
@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Oh I miss those too I'm also wondering why they changed where the money from the fines go. They use to go to charity now the fines are going to the championship pot I am not fond of that
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@chippy49 (171)
• United States
15 Feb 07
I cannot believe that they thought that they would get away with it. Wonder how much Waltrip is kicking himself about getting let go of DEI now. And then to have more than one team cheat and so early in the season when you know the officials are going to be keeping an eye on everyone. I say good job to NASCAR by sticking by the rules. I just hope that if someone else cheats in the future that the penalty is the same. I remember a couple years ago when Jr. said Hell or something on tv and they deducted points from him, and then someone else later in the year said something worse and they were just fined money....We shall see...Lets go racin boys
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
15 Feb 07
It wasn't even Jr's fault either if I remember right. He was talking to his crew on the radio and said the car was a piece of s***. It just happened that the V cut in to listen at that moment and accidentally aired it. It wasn't like he knew they were listen in right then. And then yes someone else did it later on a little more intentionally and only got a fine. I think NASCAR needs to come up with some sort of standardized system for their penalties so it's more fair across the board. I know that'd be hard considering all the possible ways to cheat or otherwise get in trouble but the way it is now means some can get away with more than others. Let's just hope this situation doesn't happen much this season. Boogity-boogity-boogity!!
15 Feb 07
haha, they could cut in Jr's conversations at any point and they'd hear him telling his crew that the car is a piece of s*** that seems to be the only feedback he gives! We are watching the Duel and my 2yo is walking around saying Boggity, Boogity.
@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
19 Feb 07
That was the plate race he drove past Tony with no help and won one of the reporters ask him something about his dad and he said s*** on network t.v. that was the year he was in the championship point lead until then. and it's been downhill every since
14 Feb 07
I wonder what these guys are thinking, that's the 5th one I've heard about and the season hasn't even started! The others were Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenset (holes drilled in the wheel well to help aerodynamics) and Elliot Sadler and Scott Riggs (holes in the trunk lid to let air escape) The first 2 lost 50 points for both owner and driver. The last 2 lost 25 points for both owner and driver. But none of those even compare to having jet fuel like Waltrip... if that really is what they found in the intake manifold. Roush was also fined since 3 of the drivers were his. I've never heard of so much cheating at one time. They do need to have the stiff penalties, and like you said money isn't going to make much of a difference to them, so they have no choice but to penalize them with points and suspending the crew chiefs. Last year when Gordon pushed Kenseth he was hoping that he'd get fined money instead of points. Obviously the penalties aren't enough to keep them from cheating, though.
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
15 Feb 07
Messing with the fuel is worse than messing with aerodynamics. And why would someone like Waltrip even bother? Obviously they thought they were being sneaky enough to not get caught but it just doesn't seem worth it since he would have made the race anyway. Now every win or good finish with be tainted with speculation. Maybe they should start suspending drivers for cheating. It might at least make them think first before they try anything.