AdrianSutil wrote:Cynon:NASCAR is well aware that their cars are basically racing tanks. You have a greater chance of being hurt on a tricycle than in a NASCAR car.
So that's makes it ok to deliberatly crash into someone else? Ok thanks for clearing that up...
Actually, most of the "retaliation" wrecks are on the short ovals where you barely exceed 140 miles per hour, and thus, if you do intentionally spin someone out, the chance of injury really is zero. When it's done at higher speed tracks, it's uncalled for. Nobody used to do silly retaliation wrecks on tracks where someone could get seriously hurt. People in NASCAR (used to, as I will explain later) have a lot more regard for their competitors than to do that.
The way the whole retaliation thing is supposed to go is quite literally eye-for-an-eye. You bump someone out of the way, you should expect them to do the same to you later in the race. You spin someone out doing something stupid, they probably will spin you back out. It used to work just fine, because if it got too out of hand the officials would sort things out. Kevin Harvick found that out the hard way in 2002 and received the exact same penalty Kyle Busch received on Saturday.
However, the problem arises when you have people get really PO'd over little racing incidents. The Kyle Busch/Ron Hornaday incident is emblematic of the current drivers' attitudes -- getting overly-pissed off and trying to kill the other guy because of a racing incident that was nobody's fault. That is why it's an issue.
I don't think this aspect of American stock car racing would exist if the cars weren't as safe as they are. Makes you wonder if safety is all it's made out to be, eh?