> It is not "new" news anymore but I thought I would get solicit
> everyone's opinion on NASCAR's recent fine of Denny Hamlin. IF what I
> read on Jayski and other websites is correct and Hamlin's quotes on
> the subject are correct and in context, I think NASCAR's recent fine
> is VERY heavy handed.
Agree with you completely. Not only was the fine heavy handed
and totally unwarrented based on what Hamlin actually said
(which was basically that the new Gen 6 car needs work, just
like the CoT did when it was new); but it says a lot about
the underlying insecurities of NASCAR's top management. In
essence the message is "don't even think of criticizing the
management, because regardless of how constructive or appropriate
it is, they are not *** enough to accept criticism".
> I applaud Hamlin's decision to appeal and was
> disappointed when he decided to withdraw his appeal and pay the fine.
You are mistaken in that last part, he has refused to pay the
fine. Withdrawing the appeal I think is a subtle defiance of
NASCAR - they want him to appeal, so that they can quietly
rescind the fine. This is a huge PR black eye for NASCAR,
everyone in the press and the fan community beleives they are
wrong. While France and Helton are incapable of admitting
they made a mistake, they could use the appeal to "confirm
the violation but rescind the fine", which would let them
save face. But now Hamlin has taken that away from them.
Given that NASCAR has shown in the past that they can be
extremely vindictive towards people they dislike, I'm expecting
Hamlin will get some sort of excessive punishment for the
post-race activities yesterday.
I indeed was mistaken. I thought by withdrawing the appeal he agreed to pay
the fine. It seems that I read somewhere (Jayski?) that he was quoted as
saying that "it's only $25,000.... so I "assumed" that he was willing to pay
it. Good on him if he doesn't. I'm not a big Hamlin fan, but what's right