If this is where NASCAR's headed, I say I don't want to watch the sport anymore. I've not actually watched all the races that NASCAR has ever held, but I have watched a lot of them during the 1980's and 1990's, and basically all of them since 2000. Since now that Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s so called parkable offense is now the status quo among not only NASCAR fans, but NASCAR writers, I'm rethinking my decision to get into this sport at all. I currently do some things for a couple of drivers, one of whom has been around since the 1990's.
I think some people need some basic education in NASCAR. What Leffler did to Steve Wallace was moving somebody out of the way. What Earnhardt Jr. did to Vickers was move him out of the way.
Want to go back to Bristol, 2000? Dale Earnhardt moved Terry Labonte out of the way. Labonte was furious, but Earnhardt was given the win. So now we need to fine or penalize people for touching other people?
Let's just tear the fenders off these cars and make it yet another open wheel series then. If you can't touch or rub your opponent, let's just call it another open wheel series and make the most spectacular wrecks you've ever seen. Oh yeah, and possibly deaths. Is that what you want to see? I don't.
Though the wrecks in open wheel are often spectacular, they sometimes result in death or serious injury. As entertaining as they are, I don't like to see people hurt. If you do, go watch a different sport.
As I see it, no matter how much crap Dale Jr.'s reputation is catching today, he was for once driving like his father would have driven. Rule number one: Never take that kind of crap from another driver. Rule number two: Make sure he knows where to go to even if out after the race. Dale Jr. did exactly just that, via his spotter.
As far as I know, Brian Vickers never showed up at Jr.'s hauler to even things out.
Though Dale Jr. is young, he thinks like an old school driver. He did what he had to do to stay on track. He did that. Go back and look over the history of NASCAR. I dare you.