CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR fined Tony Stewart $35,000 on Thursday after he criticized the series about a potential safety hazard during races.
The fine falls under NASCAR's new behavioral policy and came one day after the three-time champion warned that a driver is going to get hurt if the series doesn't start policing pit stops for missing lug nuts.
"I'm beyond mad, I'm P.O.'d at NASCAR about it," he said Wednesday. "For all the work and everything all the bulletins and all the new stuff we have to do to superspeedway cars and all these other things they want us to do for safety, we can't even make sure we put five lug nuts on the wheel. This is not a game you play with safety and that's exactly the way I feel like NASCAR is treating this. This is not the way to do this."
NASCAR chairman Brian France said Stewart is "wrong" and the series takes pride in its push for safety.
"I would say this nobody has led, done more and achieved more in safety than we have. It is a...
The NASCAR Xfinity Series is bringing the heat to Bristol Motor Speedway — actually two heats.
Xfinity Series director Wayne Auton said the sponsor and the fans “wanted to see something different” with the Dash4Cash program, and with input from the competitors the new system was formed.
“With the Dash4Cash program coming back this year, we felt it was a good opportunity to give the garage something new and a different way to qualify for it,” Auton said.
A different way to set the field
On Saturday, NASCAR will debut its new qualifying and heat race format which will be used in all of the NXS Dash 4 Cash events — Bristol, Richmond, Dover and Indianapolis — but vary in length depending on the track. Once drivers establish a time in single lap qualifying, the field will be divided by odd and even-numbered qualifiers into the two 50-lap heat races followed by a 200-lap main.
“We tried everything we could to fit everything into a two-and-a-half hour window,” Auton added. “Three...
Gene Haas says that Formula 1 has shown itself to be full of 'whiners', following the backlash from some rivals about his team's early success.
Haas is currently fifth in the constructors' championship after scoring points in its first two grands prix, and setting its sights on top 10 finishes at each race from now on.
But the way the team has approached F1 – thanks to a close technical partnership with Ferrari – has prompted criticism from some teams that it could be eroding the tradition of the sport being full of constructors.
Haas is unmoved by such claims though, and thinks his outfit should be getting praised rather than criticised for having come in and done such an impressive job.
"I guess in a sense there are a lot of whiners in F1, who talk about our success," he said in China on Friday. "But hey, we are just here racing with you.
"If a driver can figure out how to go through a turn, put a couple of turns together and beat somebody, we all think that is...
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