Sunday, August 17, 2008

Rusty Reckons: Say It Ain't So, Joe

JGR Facing Nationwide Penalties

Gibbs teams face penalties for manipulating Nationwide Dyno

Old Rusty's got nothing but respect for Joe Gibbs. One of the most outstanding fellows in the sport, his faith (respectfully so) dictates many of his business decisions. For instance, he still refuses to consider alcohol sponsors for any of his teams. However, the news coming out of Michigan makes me start to think what in the devil went wrong.

JGR's embrace of the sport's new bad boy was puzzling, but no one suspected Gibbs wasn't playing above the board. Now, with what's being pulled in the Nationwide series, questions must come to mind about his Cup success as well. After having only a modicum of success last year with the most dominant team, the Shrub has racked up a series high 8 wins with a amazingly dominant racecar. Not saying he's cheated, I'm just saying there are now doubts . . . unfortunately, so.

Putting magnets on the accelerator doesn't help the car, and it wasn't on there during the race. What it does is change the reading on the dynometer, which begs the question, what do they have to hide? Why didn't JGR want NASCAR learning of the true horsepower of their cars? Are they so far above the rest as to raise questions about what else is being done behind closed doors? I'm not sure.

Rusty does know this, though. If you refuse to accept beer sponsorship because of your "faith", it would stand to reason that you would be honest in your dealings with the sport's sanctioning body. That's all i'm saying.

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