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    NASCAR driver Carl Edwards (R) and his wife Katie Edwards at the NASCAR dinner on September 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: David Banks/ NASCAR via Getty Images)

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    NASCAR drivers Kevin Harvick (L) and Clint Bowyer at the Chase Drivers Dinner on September 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: David Banks/ NASCAR via Getty Images)

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    NASCAR drivers Matt Kenseth (L) and Jimmy Johnson at the Chase Drivers Dinner on September 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: David Banks/ NASCAR via Getty Images)

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    NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne (L) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the Chase Drivers Dinner on September 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: David Banks/ NASCAR via Getty Images)

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    NASCAR driver Kyle Busch (R) his wife Samantha Busch at the Chase Drivers Dinner on September 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: David Banks/ NASCAR via Getty Images)

on manipulating NASCAR: opinions are like… well, you know…

And everybody has one. Especially about this whole Michael Waltrip Racing cheater McCheaterson thing.

I think that NASCAR did the right thing in that they actually did something to right a wrong. I can understand wanting Jeff Gordon to get a spot in The Chase because he was also affected by this deal. I also understand the people that think Clint Bowyer should of been taken out of The Chase altogether since he’s the one who actually spun his car out. I get it, and I don’t think that NASCAR’s solution was perfect.

The potential deal between the 38 and the 22 teams is less bad. Because I’m pretty sure the 22 had to give something to the 38, it’s not like what MWR did in just screwing someone else, without telling them about it first. But I’m also NOT saying that it’s right either, it is extremely disingenuous but it’s less jerky than the MWR fiasco.

The thing that I find sad about all of this is the message is sends that you don’t have to really earn anything on your own merits. You can just cheat and get it or pay someone off to get it. NASCAR loses credibility when people can manipulate situations to get the outcome they want and that’s really depressing. I only want to root for people that I believe are following the rules, that’s why it’s a challenge to win because THERE ARE RULES. If there were no rules, there’d be no point in racing (or sports in general) and we should just give everybody a trophy and go home.

If you can’t manipulate your car outside of NASCAR’s rules why should you be able to manipulate a race? If your fans can’t trust you, that’s a problem. And just saying that people have “always done” this or that doesn’t make it right. People need to stop saying that.

Anyway, enjoy the gallery above of the Chase drivers in Chicago having a fancy schmancy dinner together. :)

3 Comments

  1. kate
    September 13, 2013 at 5:21 PM ·

    EEEEEK! That picture of Kyle and wife……creepy!

  2. linda
    September 23, 2013 at 1:43 PM ·

    Yea. Not sure what was up with them./ Normally they take really nice pictures. Where’s pics of the other drivers WAGS? I don’t think Chandra attended but what about Ingrid, or Lora, or Matt’s wife?

    • Valli
      October 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM ·

      Thanks for the comment, Linda. These were the only photos made available to me.