HAMLIN FINED THANKS TO TWITTER

Think Twitter is just another pointless social networking tool? NASCAR does not seem to think so. Friday at Pocono Raceway, Denny Hamlin said it was a conversation on Twitter that drew a hefty fine by NASCAR. SI.com’s Tom Bowles takes a look at what Hamlin had to say about the issue and, after some digging, found the conversation that got Hamlin in hot water with NASCAR. Hamlin believes Twitter conversation cost him hefty fine (SI.com) ...

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NEWMAN ADMITS TO BEING FINED

POCONO, P.A._ News leaked earlier this week that NASCAR had fined two of its top drivers for comments they had made criticizing the sport publically. The sanctioning body never announced the fines, nor did they say who the drivers were or what they had said. Thanks to a leak, The Associated Press filed the story and started one of the most talked about controversies of the season.Friday at Pocono Raceway, Ryan Newman confirmed he was one of the two drivers fined by NASCAR. While ESPN had reporte ...

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PENNSYLVANIA 500 ODDS

Where is Jim Grey and the Boys and Girls Club when I need them?After picking up a 30/1 winner in the form of Jamie McMurray at Indianapolis last week, I’m down a mere 75 fake dollars in my quest to pick race winners every week. So I’ve decided to use the most clichéd sports parody of the last month and take my talents to Pocono, where I correctly picked Denny Hamlin to win earlier this year.Unlike that former Cavalier who won’t get mentioned in this column, I don’t ...

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RUBBIN’ IS NOT RACING

“Have at it, boys” is a good theory. Gradual bump-drafting enforcement and driving scrutiny by NASCAR increased over the years and brought a sense of sterility into the sport. Before any officials’ judgement became commonplace, “have at it boys” already was the attitude. It just didn’t have a clever name. This does not mean we need complete anarchy and a glorified demolition derby every time the Cup officials throw the green flag. Auto racing is self-policing. ...

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NASCAR SHOULD NAME DRIVERS

When NASCAR penalizes drivers, it should name who they are and state why they have been penalized. SI.com's Tom Bowles writes that such openness in other sports leagues ensures that governing bodies don't "cross the line between firm discipline and terrorizing its participants."  Update: ESPN is reporting which drivers were recently fined.  Unnamed sources tell ESPN that Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin were the drivers who were fined. Makes sense. Each has made crit ...

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