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I found Johnson's burnout odd, he pulled up to the wall and pushed the car right into the fence, possibly bending the front clip out of shape. I thought burnouts were done in circles or straight up drag racing style.

I understand this is something he does, but I have to think that after they got caught at last years Talladega race planning a a little bump to the rear of the car NASCAR would frown on a front clip scratch.

Just asking.

Please, let me make this clear, I'm not suggesting anything inappropriate here, I was just surprised that NASCAR would allow a winning car to be bent out of shape.

Unfortunately most blogger don't have access to experts so if you are an expert in the inspection process let me know if this could make a difference.

This just shows you how boring this race was, I'm trying to find something to talk about, my choices were, the phantom caution, probably a gum wrapper, you know they shine in the sun and mimic a metal part (JR had a chance) or the birds mating on the fence.

This was the winner, enjoy and please comment.

Enough said.

 NOTE: Here is the link in case you don't remember the rear crack affair.

June 5, 2012  09:13 AM ET

For me the whole burnout thing is so overdone. Yeah it was cool when the first or second guy did it, but now its just boring to me. What is the point? The driver makes a lot of smoke and has one last chance to "accidentally" do something to the car.

Allowing the winning car to be bent out of shape, or else you'd have second place purposely wrecking the leader before or after the checkered flag to get him DQ. The best example I can give is from the Bristol night race in 1995. Dale Sr. (second) bumped Terry Labonte (leader) in the back coming out of turn 4, and Labonte spun, hit the wall as crossing the start/finish line, and won the race. Labonte ended up with a wrecked right front, and a broken radiator that was blowing steam as he drove into victory lane. If the winner had to have a pristine car then Labonte would have been DQed and Dale Sr. would have won, even though Labonte did nothing wrong other than letting Sr. get too close to his bumper.

And don't forget there have been plenty of cars that look just fine, only to be caught out of adjustment in post race inspection. Clint Bowyer at Loudon a couple of years ago comes to mind.

June 5, 2012  09:14 AM ET

I am not a fan of burnouts, all its does it create a lot of smoke and apparently gives the drivers one last chance to "accidentally" damage the car.

There has to be some leeway given to teams about what happens on the track. At the Bristol night race in 1995 Dale Sr. wrecked leader Terry Labonte coming tom the checkered flag. Labonte won and Sr. finished second, but Labonte had major damage to the right front of his car, so much that when he drove to victory lane the radiator was blowing lots of steam out. If the cars had to be perfect then Labonte would have been DQed.

But we have also seen several times a pristine looking car get hit with penalties, Clint Bowyer a couple years ago at Loudon comes to mind.

June 5, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Wow sorry for the dupe, I didn't realize it sent my first post.

June 5, 2012  04:31 PM ET

Wow sorry for the dupe, I didn't realize it sent my first post.

That's about the caution....a little suspect?

June 6, 2012  08:12 AM ET

That's about the caution....a little suspect?

All debris cautions are suspect in my opinion. The no show debris caution has just become part of NASCAR. In fact I think NASCAR tells TV not to actively look for the debris under caution that way the unwashed masses won't know that there really was nothing worth bringing a caution out for.

Look at the Brickyard last year, Kyle Bush throws a water bottle out of his car, it hits the grass, rolls onto the track but WAY out of the racing groove (TV catches the whole thing) and NASCAR throws the caution. That was a highly identifiable piece of trash, and leaving it there until a proper caution would not have hurt anything.

Or the hat laying next to the wall at, I think, Kansas this year. Another item that was easily seen, identified, and out of the racing groove. Yes there *might* have been something in the hat that could cause an issue should someone hit it, but more than likely it was blown off someone's head by the wind.

But anymore a debris caution is no different than one of the "wrecks" where someone scrapes the wall but continues on fine like nothing happened. Or when a driver gets out of shape but never really spins, Dale Jr at Kansas last year being an example. His car never broke a 45 degree angle as he slid through the turn, yet that "spin" warranted a caution while other cars will spin 360 and continue with no caution. (Insert conspiracy here, but if I remember right that caution cost Jr. in the pits, where staying green would have not adversely effected him)


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