NASCAR won't say if Newman under review
NASCAR may review comments made by Stewart-Hass Racing driver Ryan Newman following a Lap 183 crash in Sunday's rain-marred Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR will likely review comments made by Stewart-Haas Racing driver Ryan Newman following a Lap 183 crash in Sunday's rain-marred Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Any potential fine that could come from the comments likely would be made on Tuesday or Wednesday, per NASCAR's history.
Earlier, it was reported that NASCAR would definitely review his comments, but a spokesperson clarified that there are a variety of things that will be reviewed over the course of a race weekend.
Newman finished 32nd after the crash in which Kurt Busch's car barrel-rolled and landed upside down on the hood of the No. 39 car Newman had in position for a top-10 finish or win with five laps left in regulation as darkness approached.
"I am doing this interview to let everybody know I'm all right," Newman told reporters after being released at the infield medical center. "They can build safer race cars, they can build safer walls. But they can't get their heads out of their a---- far enough to keep them on the race track, and that's pretty disappointing.
"I wanted to make sure I get that point across. Y'all can figure out who 'they' is. That's no way to end a race. Our car was much better than that. That's just poor judgment in restarting the race, poor judgment. … I mean; you got what you wanted, but poor judgment and running in the dark and running in the rain. That's it, thank you."
NASCAR fined Denny Hamlin $25,000 earlier this year for perceived negative comments about the new "Gen 6" car and the quality of racing at Phoenix International Raceway.
The governing body did not fine reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski for questioning the integrity of the governing body in a profanity-laced tirade after the Texas race in which the rear end housing of his car and Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano's car were confiscated prior to the event.
Penske Racing is in the final stage of appeals stemming from penalties issued for what NASCAR called unapproved parts.
But NASCAR chairman Brian France told the Fox Business Network after the Texas race that Keselowski would not be fined for his comments.
"That's the beauty of NASCAR," France said. "We do allow the drivers to express themselves in that way, even if they say things that we would disagree with. And I obviously disagree with everything he said.
"Look, they're frustrated. This is the most intense racing in the world. It's not surprising that every once in a while when things don't go your way you just blow off a lot of steam."
France said the difference between the comments of Keselowski and Hamlin is "the line that we draw is you can't criticize the racing product."
"You can criticize our decisions, you can criticize everything else, which is more than any other sport might allow," France said. "Just don't go talking about our racing product isn't the best in the world, because it is."
NASCAR will determine where Newman's comments fall in its regular postrace evaluation at the Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C. If Newman is fined, it wouldn't be his first following a wreck at Talladega.
In 2010, Newman was secretly fined an undisclosed amount for taking shots at what he thought racing at Talladega had become.
"If they want to have these races for the fans, just let us do this, but don't let it affect our championship because it's not racing," he said at the time. "We should be here for the Talladega Event Marketing, or something like that."
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