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Jimmie Johnson has apologised for ripping NASCAR for his penalty for speeding on pit lane during the race.

Should drivers have to apologize for having a opinion in the heat of a race or shortly after?

Right or wrong drivers are human beings should be able to voice their opinions or likes or dislikes?

Should drivers apologize if they find out afterwards they might have been in the wrong?

Or just be allowed to walk away from the last track and be allowed to concentrate on the next track?

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April 5, 2011  09:07 PM ET

The way I see it is that if you speak before you have the facts, you should be a man and admit you were wrong. That's what Jimmy did on both counts. I don't see a NASCAR conspiracy here. Just a guy speaking in the heat of battle and finding out he was wrong and manning up...

April 5, 2011  09:19 PM ET

I don't begrudge any driver for saying anything during a race. I can see Nascar getting upset if someone badmouths things when they are doing an interview the next day or something similiar. The pressure has to be unreal under race conditions. If you were driving down the Interstate and some guy really cuts you off, my guess is you curse at him or give him the old finger salute. It's like a reflex action and that's what happens with a driver when they get a penalty. It's an action without thought. Like they say, there's nothing to see here, move along.

April 5, 2011  09:51 PM ET

I like all 3 of your comments, Nascar, or should I say Francecar, has taken the manhood away from the drivers, these dudes ain't Choirboys, christ when I was driveing street stocks the air was blue,and if there was an argument, ''parking lot rules'' just fist's no crowbars or such. Let these guys vent,what damn words can hurt the image of nascar. Man I dislike Brian France and what he stands for.

April 5, 2011  10:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't begrudge any driver for saying anything during a race. I can see Nascar getting upset if someone badmouths things when they are doing an interview the next day or something similiar. The pressure has to be unreal under race conditions. If you were driving down the Interstate and some guy really cuts you off, my guess is you curse at him or give him the old finger salute. It's like a reflex action and that's what happens with a driver when they get a penalty. It's an action without thought. Like they say, there's nothing to see here, move along.

This is my opinion too. Anything said in the heat of action should not be held against a driver, but when they have time to cool off then they need to watch it. I don't even agree with the fans and announcers having access to the radios because that is where drivers should be able to speak their mind without people being all over their cases.

April 5, 2011  10:36 PM ET
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I don't even agree with the fans and announcers having access to the radios because that is where drivers should be able to speak their mind without people being all over their cases.

I'll say the fans can have access to the radios under the stipulation that NASCAR is not responsible for the language used.

TV should not get access because of the potential colorful language. Already several drivers have lost points and money because TV was broadcasting the radio live unknown to them TV was eavesdropping.

Personally I'd probably scramble my radio signals so that other teams can't listen to my strategy.

April 5, 2011  10:43 PM ET

And JJ's just upset because they finally flagged him for speeding. It happens, get over it. But he's probably been secretly fined and put on triple super-duper secret probation for the rest of the year.

April 5, 2011  11:03 PM ET

I heard that part of the punishmant consists of training Robby Gordon and Dave Blaney to stay away from the wall.

April 6, 2011  07:56 AM ET

so jj got chastised for mouthing off a bit. a few years ago, seemed like every time this happened, there was a 25 pt and 25000 fine under the good old catch all rule.. "actions unbecoming......"

pack up the tents and elephants, move the show to the next city on the schedule.

April 6, 2011  08:07 AM ET

OFF TOPIC: Leave it to NASCAR.COM to spin doctor the truths. was literally laughing out loud at the article about the level of competition for Rookie of the Year; the article covered all three series, but called out Lally (qualified for 5 of 6) and Brian Kesolowski (bump drafted by his brother into Daytona).

well, I guess Brian is a "contender" by definition...........

April 6, 2011  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

so jj got chastised for mouthing off a bit. a few years ago, seemed like every time this happened, there was a 25 pt and 25000 fine under the good old catch all rule.. "actions unbecoming......"pack up the tents and elephants, move the show to the next city on the schedule.

Actually Rule 12-A is Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing. It says nothing about unbecoming. ;)

April 6, 2011  08:52 AM ET

What is this the first time Jimmie has ever been caught speeding? If anything he's gotten away with it more than any driver. If Harvick was speeding at Homestead last season when the car in front of him was pulling away, Johnson has no right to complain about the penalty in the first place since he is easily the most babied driver in NASCAR.

He needs to grow a pair.

He should be fined for it like any other driver would have been.

April 6, 2011  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

OFF TOPIC: Leave it to NASCAR.COM to spin doctor the truths. was literally laughing out loud at the article about the level of competition for Rookie of the Year; the article covered all three series, but called out Lally (qualified for 5 of 6) and Brian Kesolowski (bump drafted by his brother into Daytona).

well, I guess Brian is a "contender" by definition...........

Well they have to do something to top the fast paced, nail biting experience that was last year's RoY run. I mean that came down to the very last race of the season. Everyone was eagerly anticipating who would pull out a last ditch effort to dethrone eventual winner Kevin Conway. We all saw how TV followed that race within the race from the drop of the green flag at Homestead. It was bigger then the Championship!

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April 6, 2011  09:35 AM ET

Good morning all; I like ponds thought about packing the tents. reminded me of the younger days when we skipped school on the day the circus arrived, helped set up tents etc, got free tickets for the circus.

April 6, 2011  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I'll say the fans can have access to the radios under the stipulation that NASCAR is not responsible for the language used. TV should not get access because of the potential colorful language. Already several drivers have lost points and money because TV was broadcasting the radio live unknown to them TV was eavesdropping. Personally I'd probably scramble my radio signals so that other teams can't listen to my strategy.

I agree with you there Raist. They are trying to work out strategy or fuming over something that just happened. You can't expect them to be civil and proper in the heat of battle. I like the idea of NASCAR putting up a disclaimer saying it isn't responsible for what gets said. In any event the drivers shouldn't be fined or docked points because of it.

Glad to see Jimmie owning up to his mistake. You criticize someone and then find out you were wrong, then you make amends.

April 6, 2011  11:13 AM ET

The first on-track test of fuel injection in the Sprint Cup Series could come as early as July 7 at Kentucky Speedway, provided NASCAR finalizes specifications for system hardware and software in time for teams to prepare.


Because the Cup series will race at Kentucky for the first time on July 9, NASCAR has OK'd extra practice on Thursday, July 7. Cup teams are scheduled to spend four hours on the track that day, and Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines chief engine builder Danny Lawrence hopes that will also provide the first test of fuel injection for the series.

Whoopie doo, I bet Chad has already run some go carts with F/I to get a jumpstart on the others. LOL

April 6, 2011  11:41 AM ET
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Well they have to do something to top the fast paced, nail biting experience that was last year's RoY run. I mean that came down to the very last race of the season. Everyone was eagerly anticipating who would pull out a last ditch effort to dethrone eventual winner Kevin Conway. We all saw how TV followed that race within the race from the drop of the green flag at Homestead. It was bigger then the Championship!

lol

 
April 6, 2011  11:43 AM ET
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Good morning all; I like ponds thought about packing the tents. reminded me of the younger days when we skipped school on the day the circus arrived, helped set up tents etc, got free tickets for the circus.

Its a bona-fide part time occupation in Speedway IN. there are some that have been stewards and yellow shirts there for 50 years, many literally live across georgetown road.

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