Maybe not -inconsistencies galore- but enough to start a discussion.
First there was the restart with Menard and Edwards, the rules as I understand them is that the leader, in this case Paul Menard, controls the start, yet Edwards beat him to the line by a car length and there was no penalty.
Here is a quote from NASCAR vice president Robin Pemberton:
"There are balls and there are strikes. Sometimes you don't like the call. Sometimes we don't even like the call we have to make. I just want to remind everybody: Do not put us in that position where we have to make the call. Because more times than not, it isn't going to be in your favor and we don't want to do that. OK?"
I understand this quote was from the pre-race meeting. After seven years as a NASCAR fan I still don't understand the rules, right when I think I got a handle on them something happens to make me think that this folks have no rules, and that only the RULER controls outcome, you know as long as it benefits the show.
Just guessing folks, but it really appears to me that is what we are dealing with.
Am I wrong?
The other was when Montoya was denied the lucky dog after running in that position for about a zillion laps, JEFF GORDON somehow got it, JEFF GORDON somehow got it , yes I had to repeat it because I still don't get this, here are some quotes from Juan Pablo Montoya fans:
" Juan left a 10 car space and went to the bottom during the caution, so others could pass him, which they didn't -> drive through -> -1 lap
- didn't get a caution while being a lucky dog for 150 laps
- finally get a caution with about 80 laps to go to get back to the lead lap -> NASCAR wants Gordon in the Chase and Gordon gets the lucky dog even though Gordon was on pit road and Juan in turn 1 while the caution came out "
That quote is from a fan in Germany. NASCAR's rules are now part of an international forum.
Honestly I don't get this one. I remember when Juan was caught on the pits during a caution about a month ago he went a lap down. I thought that was the rule. Gordon gets caught in the pits and they give him the lucky dog. Please help this blogger with this, give me some answers.
More quotes from non-typical NASCAR fans or better said, Juan Pablo Montoya fans:
"I was wondering how JG got the lap back instead of Juan...didn't realize it was a "call" by NASCAR. Typical NASCAR shenanigans. The Bowyer spin was pretty shameful too. Not going to lose any sleep over Newman getting shafted by it though! What a creep he is, completely threw his team under the bus for the final pit stop."
This quote is from Pennsylvania.
One more :
"Still don't understand why JPM didn't get the caution when Johnson brought out the caution. Anyone have the video that explains what just happened. Not fair at all that they gave it to the 24!!!!"
Fans from Germany to the Netherlands, the far east, Canada, most of South America, and even folks from Washington State and Pennsylvania are questioning NASCAR's rule book. If you go into one of JPM fan sites those are just a few of the countless countries who read about NASCAR because JPM is racing here.
They are not getting a good image of the sport.
Why didn't I say anything about Bowyer and the phantom spin, well, this is about NASCAR's inconsistencies, NASCAR had nothing to do with the spingate.
As always this is a fans opinion and from what I understand everyone has one and I'm thankful for that.