NASCAR & Auto Racing

NASCAR in too big of a hurry to assess penalty, team owner Rick Hendrick says

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Rick Hendrick would like NASCAR to take its time when it comes to disputed penalties that can be reviewed by TV replays.

Hendrick, who owns the No. 5 Chevrolet driven by Kyle Busch in Friday’s Busch Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, called NASCAR’s penalty assessed to Busch for a commitment line violation – which video replays showed was incorrect – a “terrible mistake.”

TV replays clearly showed Busch, who was running second at the time, did not commit a violation but NASCAR didn’t see the replay until the race restarted. Busch was sent to the rear of the field. He restarted 28th and finished fourth.

“I talked to Mike (Helton, NASCAR president) and he said they didn’t have the tape or they couldn’t get to the tape and when they got to the tape, it was like, ‘How do you fix it?’ I understand that,” Hendrick said.

“I’d like to see for everybody’s benefit, especially going into the Chase, for them to take the time, run a few more caution laps and try to make sure that they are right. I think they will try to do that.”

Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president for competition, said NASCAR officials are subject to human error as in any other sport.

“We don't rule the sport by video, we use it to confirm different situations," he said. "When we can't find video to review, we rule by our officials and we had no reason to dispute our own call.”

Asked what he would do if the same incident happens again, Hendrick jokingly replied, “I’m going to run out on the track and stand on the line until they stop the race and run over me, or handcuff me and take me away.”