Five Things NASCAR Must Stop Allowing Drivers To Do In 2019

There’s a lot of grey area’s in The NASCAR rule book and while that does make for some very interesting scenarios during the season it also makes for some of the most screwy racing that fans have ever seen. In fact, these little grey areas are being used more and more, which is not only hurting the legitimacy of the sport, but also angering fans in the meantime. With that being said and the 2018 season finally in the rear view mirror, there are a lot of rules NASCAR needs to take a look at.

From team orders allowing Denny Hamlin to pass the first pitstall to Kyle Busch to the rule that allows a driver to intentionally slow pit to get the inside line at a short track, NASCAR needs to close these grey areas once and for all. If not, they risk further alienating their core base and further deligitmizing the sport in ways that will ensure long term failure. In the end, here is exactly what NASCAR needs to improve on if they want fans to come back for the 2018 season and beyond.

5 Threatening to take each other out during a race

Safety and legitimacy are supposed to be of up most importance to NASCAR, but its hard to believe that when they allow drivers to threaten to take each other out. While NASCAR shouldn’t penalize drivers or even fine them for this action, they need to have a talk with them after statements like that are made. Furthermore, NASCAR needs to make the effort to clear the air between the drivers and make sure there is no bad blood heading into the following weekend. 
If there is still bad blood, however, NASCAR needs to park the offending car on the spot to make it perfectly clear that the actions will not be tolerated. Of course, NASCAR has done a great job of making clear that the sport will not tolerate this kind of behavior, but they mostly do so after the fact. Think about it, when Matt Kenseth cost Joey Logano the Martinsville race in 2016, NASCAR only punished Kenseth after the fact even though he made several statements about returning the favor.

4 Single file racing at Super speedway’s

While single file racing at a restrictor plate track gives the lead drivers a huge advantage over those behind them, it also becomes uninteresting for fans to watch. What makes the situation worse however is how long drivers are willing to do this for, which only makes it that much more boring to watch. WIth that being said and NASCAR already ruling a couple years ago that drivers can’t push each other into the corner, why not make more changes and not allow drivers to race single file?

At least that way fans get to see what they paid for and it gives the drivers in the back of the pack a chance to work their way back up to the front. It will also force more blocking,  more pack racing and more passing, which are all things that the current races at restrictor plates are missing. Of course some fans might see it as NASCAR pumping artificial excitement into the race, but it honestly needs it now if the drivers aren’t going to provide any for the fans themselves.

3 Letting teams compete after being caught cheating

Interestingly enough, NASCAR has talked about taking away wins from drivers that are caught cheating, but the sport needs to go a step further in their effort to deter fans from cheating. That’s why NASCAR needs to look at outright parking teams that are caught with illegal car modifications and maybe even eliminating them from playoff contention.  At least that way, the playoff field can be filled with people that don’t cheat and those that do ruin their chances of winning a championship that year.

Of course NASCAR fans might think that would be a little too severe of a punishment, but what would any other sport do in this kind of situation? In the end, NASCAR allowing Kevin Harvick to compete in the final four after his team was caught with an illegal spoiler really tainted his championship bid and make the sport look like a joke in the process. Beyond that, it also showed that NASCAR isn’t deterring anyone from cheating with the rules in its current form, which is why they need to amp up the punishments for offending drivers

2 Cause multiple wrecks

There’s a lot of pressure to perform in NASCAR and while that sometimes propels drivers to great heights it also can cause a driver to be overly aggressive and ruin several other driver’s day. Take for example the 2018 Coke Zero Sugar 400, where Ricky Stenhouse caused multiple wrecks in hopes of nabbing his first win of the season. Not only did Stenhouse ruin the race for a lot of drivers, it also left then 20 cars on the track when all was said and done, which was a less then thrilling end to the race. 
With that being said, NASCAR needs to go back to a three strike rule and take a driver out of the race after the third strike. While some might see this as unnecessary policing on NASCAR’s part, it at least stops a driver from ruining everyone else’s day and keeps things safe in the process. If nothing else, an overly aggressive driver does not need to be on the track, especially after multiple run ins with other drivers, which is why this is something NASCAR needs to work on!

1 Allowing drivers to pass on pit stalls for teammates

Denny Hamlin passing on the first pit stall at Miami and giving it to Kyle Busch was a smart move by JGR, but it also gave him a unfair advantage over the rest of the final four drivers. Of course things didn’t end up playing out that way and Kyle Busch wasn’t able to capitalize on pit selection by winning the race, that doesn’t mean someone else can’t in the future. With that in mind, NASCAR needs to end this team orders nonsense as soon as possible and not allow drivers to pass on pit stalls in order to give it to a teammate.

In the end, what JGR did was a huge black mark on the sport and really hurt the legitimacy and competitiveness of championship weekend. Beyond that, it sent some fans into a frenzy that will result in most of them leaving the sport. Not only will that hurt NASCAR when The Daytona 500 rolls around in Febaury. It also errodes other fans confidence in the sport as well

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