Jimmie Johnson had the Bank of America 500 victory all but wrapped up on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He had led since lap 229 through a long stretch of green flag racing. The win was set to move Johnson slightly ahead of Matt Kenseth for the Sprint Cup Series points lead.
Then NASCAR threw a debris caution on lap 307. The official report says debris on the backstretch however ABC never showed any debris on the broadcast or mentioned that a car had hit it to move the piece from where it was.
The end result was pit stops which shuffled the running order. Johnson exited pit road in third and as the first car on four new tires. He still should have been able to win but Johnson got out of shape in Turn 2 on the restart and got out of the gas. He dropped all the way to seventh and could only get back to fourth by the checkered flag at lap 334.
Kenseth meanwhile actually finished ahead of Johnson in third and gained one point on Johnson to lead by four points with five races left.
Johnson was not pleased in his post-race interview live on ABC about the caution but held his tongue pretty well most likely because he wasn't sure if NASCAR would slap a fine or dock him points if he spoke out too harshly against them. He knows it is their playground and they make the rules and the calls they want.
But for NASCAR It is one thing to throw debris cautions to try to get more excitement in the race. But for a debris caution to come out there at least needs to be something visible or an explanation from NASCAR to the television broadcasters so that the fans and the drivers and teams themselves know what is going on.
Johnson was set to set the all-time mark for wins at Charlotte in the Sprint Cup Series with seven but now still sits in a tie with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip. Worse yet he could lose the 2013 championship because of the points lost in the closing laps a Charlotte.
NASCAR threw down harsh punishment to Michael Waltrip Racing following Richmond for deliberately altering the outcome and finishing order of the Chase deciding race. It is now time for NASCAR to look in the mirror and realize that they are altering the outcome themselves by throwing the yellow flag for non-existent debris cautions. Let the race play out the way it should.
Jimmie Johnson deserved to win on Saturday night and a fake debris caution to get a late race restart and inject some action into the finish of a race that had gone green since lap 177 was just wrong.
You need to satisfy your competitive drive, so why not beat our experts in fantasy football. At FightClub, our official Fantasy Football partner, you can change you team weekly and win cash. Get a free $5 credit when you sign up and try them out. And each week, Sports Media 101 will sweeten the pot and award the player with top points an extra $25. Match-up and show them how good you are. Can you handle FightClub?
Your man cave is your home field advantage for every game. When the game is on the line, you should be able to look around and be reminded of the great moments you've watched unfold in that very room! MJR Sports Integrity offers a wide range or team and player-specific memorabilia that can do just that and take your game day room to the next level. Find your inspiration at MJR Sports Integrity and will your team to victory!
- Jimmie Johnson Wins for a Record Eighth Time at Dover International Speedway
- Matt Kenseth Won the Quaker State 400 After a Late Race Spin by Jimmie Johnson
- Jimmie Johnson the Class of the Field but Bad Moves were Made on His Way to a Daytona Sweep
Short URL: http://sport-ne.ws/12j6