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    Wednesday
    Jul042007

    Caught in the Cookie Jar Again

    If it seems like Hendricks Motorsports hasn’t missed a beat with their top two crew chiefs, Steve Letarte and Chad Knaus, on suspension for six weeks, that’s because they haven’t. Literally. Letarte and Knaus were reportedly in the New Hampshire area for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 despite being barred from the racetrack, and NASCAR is (supposedly) investigation reports from TV and radio broadcasters saying they picked up communication between the crew chiefs and their drivers during the race! Dale Earnhardt, Jr., whose crew chief Tony Eury, Jr. completed his six-race suspension this week in New Hampshire, reportedly waved to Eury at his motorcoach parked on the hillside behind the backstretch at NHIS. If you’ve ever been to NHIS, you know that this hill is in plain view of the entire track, hardly what anyone would consider “barred” territory. These crew chiefs continue to flaunt their disregard for NASCAR rules and then laugh their way around their suspensions, making the whole system into a joke. And that’s what NASCAR is starting to become: the knaus.jpgnext Pro Wrestling circuit. Brian France has promised stricter penalties for teams that mess around with the New Car package, including possible suspensions for drivers as well as crew chiefs, but I’m willing to bet money right now that you will never see a name like Jeff Gordon or Dale Earnhardt, Jr. suspended from a race. It would make more sense for France, Mike Helton, and NASCAR to spell out the terms of suspension more clearly, including accelerated and stiffer penalties for repeat offenders such as Chad Knaus.

    Reader Comments (1)

    maybe nascar knew i had gordon, and wanted me to win the pool.
    Jul 5, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjustin

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