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Mirror Driving: Where Do Penske, Piquet, Scott, And Hamlin Go From Here?

*Shocker! (sarcasm) A NASCAR-appointed appeals board has unanimously upheld the penalties against Penske Racing from pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. As a result, Penske Racing will appeal to Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook on May 7th. Did NASCAR get one this right… or is Penske right to continue fighting?* Summer: I think the penalties were too severe, so yes, I think they should keep fighting. That doesn't mean I think it will do a damn bit of good. Phil: I'd argue that the point penalties might not be worth appealing further at this point. I don't even think Penske cares about them. It's those suspensions that get you. That's why he's still going on, because I don't think they needed to suspend that many people. Read More »

Mirror Driving: NASCAR Engine Aggravation Among Richmond Realizations

*After the No. 20 engine failed postrace teardown, NASCAR slapped the team, which won the race in Kansas, with a 50-point penalty along with a six-week suspension and fine for crew chief Jason Ratcliffe. Did NASCAR make the right call?* Phil: Knowing what we know now, I think it seems incredibly draconian. However, they've definitely sent a message. Don't cross us. Amy: Given that it was an engine and NASCAR has _never_ taken engine infractions lightly, I think it's close to being right. I think they should have taken only points earned in that race, though. Read More »

Mirror Driving: NASCAR Stuck In A Box… Have We Reached Maximum Speed?

*NASCAR has announced the penalties for three teams following last week’s pre- and post-race failures. Martin Truex Jr. was fined six points and crew chief Chad Johnston was $25,000 and placed on probation until June 5th. Meanwhile, Penske Racing teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski were each docked 25 points and both of their crew chiefs were suspended for the next six races, though they will be in Kansas as Penske Racing is appealing. Are these penalties fair? Why or why not?* Amy: The Truex penalty was fair, provided they couldn't prove something broke. If the rear ends on the 2 and 22 were illegal, the penalty is fine. But NASCAR has not said what was illegal, or how it was discovered, so we'll never really know. Summer: I guess all the penalties were "fair", though I think it's ridiculous how sensitive NASCAR is with these cars. Let me put it this way. I thought the points penalty and fine were OK, but the fact that they suspended as many people as they did with Penske seemed excessive. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Six After Six? Female Favorites And Historic Moments

Welcome to "Mirror Driving." Every Wednesday, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors, and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we've said! *Jimmie Johnson’s win at Martinsville made him the first repeat winner of 2013. Though we’re only six races in, are we possibly looking at a sixth championship from the No. 48 team?* Read More »

Mirror Driving: Unpredictability And Unusual Circumstances

k horse that we may be overlooking?* Amy: I think of the top 10, I like Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s chances. He’s always been strong at Martinsville, and he's on a roll. Summer: I think I'm going to go with Keselowski. He's not known as much of a "short track" guy, but after winning the championship, there's not much he still can't do. Phil: I'm going with Keselowski for the driver most likely in the front bunch. Don't count out Earnhardt Jr., though. Read More »

Mirror Driving: NASCAR Surprises And Disappointments In 2013

*NASCAR has announced they will not penalize any of the drivers involved in both Fontana’s last-lap mayhem and post-race fracas. Did they make the right call?* Phil: I'm surprised that no one got probation. That is what I thought would happen. It does show some consistency, for once. Amy: With Hamlin and Logano, you can't penalize hard racing or you undermine the heart and soul of the sport. Read More »

Mirror Driving: 2013 NASCAR Crossroads On Attendance, Talent, Rivalries

*We’ve already seen former teammates Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano butt heads at least twice in only four races this season. Going forward, should we expect this phenomenon to rear its head again at tracks like Martinsville -- or is this rivalry just a bunch of hot air?* Phil: I wouldn't be surprised if they “had at it” again at some point this year. The Twitter Duel looks ridiculous, though. That probably didn't need to be public. Summer: That whole thing was ridiculous. It was fun to watch, but it was ridiculous. Read More »