By now everyone has obviously heard that NASCAR lowered the boom on Michael Waltrip Racing for what happened at Richmond last Saturday night. I really have mixed emotions about all of it.
I mean, it really broke my heart that after one of the most exciting Richmond races we've ever had, that we weren't event talking about Carl Edwards winning the race, the upcoming Chase and who the favorites were. Instead, everyone was focused on what's been coined "Spin-Gate."
I was very proud that our sanctioning body took this head-on. I felt pretty confident that unless there was over-riding evidence to the contrary, that NASCAR would be handing down some heavy penalties. This was just too big of an issue to be ignored.
NASCAR is a team sport. The reason a car owner has multiple cars in his stable is they can share information back and forth to help each other. I think the clear message that came out of Monday night's penalties was a clear line in the sand of: you cannot manipulate the outco...