Don’t be too hard on NASCAR
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A view of the Sparks Energy 300 during the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway.
By Justin Melillo
May 1, 2016
DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.
It’s not every day that a decision with safety in mind determines who goes to the playoffs.
Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 1 JR Motorsports Camaro, won Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, but not by getting back to the line first.
NASCAR awarded Sadler the victory over JRM teammate Justin Allgaier and the presumed winner, Brennan Poole, who finished third after the caution flag flew just a few hundred feet before the start/finish line.
Sadler, not Poole, will qualify for the Chase for the XFINITY Cup, and by rule, the accolades were awarded fairly.
Brennan Poole will see his day in victory lane sooner than later, but today, the winner is a call to attempt to keep drivers safe.
Looking at why the caution was thrown just before the start/finish line, NASCAR’s first thought should always be safety, and for that, the call was truly in their best judgement.