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When driver Denny Hamlin publicly criticized NASCAR’s Generation 6 Sprint Cup car, which at the time was considered “new,” he began a new standard of conduct for all NASCAR drivers, officials, faculty, and staff. His frustration with a race led him to share his opinion on the car saying, “I don’t want to be the pessimist, but it did not race as good as our Gen-5 cars,” among other things.
This public criticism not only cheapened the credibility of NASCAR and it’s products, but also showed a rift within the organization. His comments warranted him a hefty fine of $25,000 to set the precedent for future naysayers. NASCAR also issued the following statement:
"Following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event last Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, Denny Hamlin made some disparaging remarks about the on-track racing that had taken place that afternoon. While NASCAR gives its competitors ample leeway in voicing their opinions when it comes to a wide range of aspects about the sport, the sanctioning body will not tolerate publicly made comments by its drivers that denigrate the racing product."
Although no comments have since been made, NASCAR wanted to ensure that a reminder was issued. Their words rang loud and clear two years ago and presently, the expectation has not changed as per Brian France’s speech to introduce the 2015 racing season.
France also commented saying that the sport tries to give leeway to its associates but, “Where we take objection is when there is, even is, and most of the time this is inadvertent, but every once in a while there are comments derogatory towards the racing product. When that happens, we have to draw a line."
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