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(NASCAR)   Jimmie Johnson passes Smokey Yunick on the all-time list of number of illegal cars discovered, next plans to go for the gold and bring 3/4ths of a car   (nascar.com) divider line 24
    More: Amusing, Smokey Yunick, Chad Knaus, Hendrick Motorsports, Brad Keselowski, auto racing, Loudon, qualifying, qualifier  
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2013-07-13 09:41:34 AM
That's a lovely story to wake up to.
 
2013-07-13 09:44:25 AM
The entire 48 team should've been ejected.
 
2013-07-13 09:46:23 AM
The thing with Smokey was that most of what he was doing fell under the 'Because we said so rule' as opposed to actually breaking rules. He did things nobody really thought of.

Although Chad does get credit for the 'massaged' B pillar.
 
2013-07-13 10:04:10 AM
From Smokey's Wiki:

"Another Yunick improvisation was getting around the regulations specifying a maximum size for the fuel tank, by using 11-foot (3 meter) coils of 2-inch (5-centimeter) diameter tubing for the fuel line to add about 5 gallons (19 liters) to the car's fuel capacity".

Remembers reading his "Say, Smokey..." column in Popular Mechanix back in the day.

old
 
2013-07-13 10:07:20 AM
Suspend drivers, not crew chiefs
 
2013-07-13 10:20:06 AM
I just don't get NASCAR - I mean I'm not a fan but not a hater either.

All these stories are about how the rules are written and refined over and over and over so one team is not at an advantage over the other.  Bending these rules is considered "cheating" by the rules/management but utterly necessary by the participants.  Getting caught is just part of the game - like being filthy rich and cheating on taxes - the payoff is just too huge not to do it - so you take your chances and pay your fine when/if you get caught.

I dont understand why they just dont put 30 identical cars out there already parked on the track.  Each team pulls a ping pong ball with a number on it and welp, there ya go.  Start the race 5 minutes later - anything you can do to the car in the pit DURING the race is legal.

/I know, I know, sponsors, car manufacturers and pretty much everybody else likes it this way but apparently the rules people would like to see a different "sport" than everyone else.
 
2013-07-13 10:21:52 AM
And every Nascar writer will wonder why nobody respects Jimmy and his accomplishments. If you have to cheat to win, you've already lost.
 
2013-07-13 10:30:37 AM

Fizpez: I just don't get NASCAR - I mean I'm not a fan but not a hater either.

All these stories are about how the rules are written and refined over and over and over so one team is not at an advantage over the other.  Bending these rules is considered "cheating" by the rules/management but utterly necessary by the participants.  Getting caught is just part of the game - like being filthy rich and cheating on taxes - the payoff is just too huge not to do it - so you take your chances and pay your fine when/if you get caught.

I dont understand why they just dont put 30 identical cars out there already parked on the track.  Each team pulls a ping pong ball with a number on it and welp, there ya go.  Start the race 5 minutes later - anything you can do to the car in the pit DURING the race is legal.

/I know, I know, sponsors, car manufacturers and pretty much everybody else likes it this way but apparently the rules people would like to see a different "sport" than everyone else.


Many (if not most)sponsorship deals are contracts with the teams and sponsors. Danica has taken her GoDaddy sponsorship to 3 different teams, Mikey Waltrip and NAPA, etc.

So the whole financial structure pretty much depends on Jimmy Johnson driving the Lowes car every week.
 
2013-07-13 10:32:21 AM
Many (if not all)sponsorship deals are contracts with the teams and sponsors drivers.

Sorry.
 
2013-07-13 10:34:58 AM
It ain't cheatin' until you're caught.
 
2013-07-13 10:50:41 AM
Calm down guys

It was a post run inspection meaning he passed clearance before they let him on the track

Maybe he ran over a bump or something that threw his suspension off :)

/see I'm trying to be reasonable
 
2013-07-13 11:42:59 AM
If you ain't cheatin' ain't tryin'
 
2013-07-13 11:51:14 AM

bluorangefyre: The entire 48 team should've been ejected.


For being 1/16th too low after qualifying, after having already passed pre-qualifying inspection? Allllllllrighty then.
 
2013-07-13 11:53:28 AM

smerfnablin: Maybe he ran over a bump or something that threw his suspension off :)


well they did say they were having an issue from the get go and knew it, so wasn't like they're claiming everything was just fine and can't believe the inspection result
 
2013-07-13 12:21:11 PM
Eatin' ain't Cheatin'... or something like that.

/Go 48!
 
2013-07-13 01:29:35 PM

smerfnablin: Calm down guys

It was a post run inspection meaning he passed clearance before they let him on the track

Maybe he ran over a bump or something that threw his suspension off :)

/see I'm trying to be reasonable


I have personally witnessed a crew member dropping a socket out of his pocket to push up the rear a bit during the template part of the inspection; they rolled the tire onto it. Chicago, 2003. I won't say who; but they placed in the top three.

/"Best Damned Garage In Town" is a great read
//sad that Smokey's shop burned down
///I see what you did there, Subs
 
2013-07-13 01:41:41 PM

tennesseemike: If you ain't cheatin' ain't tryin'


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-07-13 01:48:21 PM

The_Y2P_Problem: tennesseemike: If you ain't cheatin' ain't tryin'

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..and look where that got him
 
2013-07-13 01:50:02 PM

peewinkle: smerfnablin: Calm down guys

It was a post run inspection meaning he passed clearance before they let him on the track

Maybe he ran over a bump or something that threw his suspension off :)

/see I'm trying to be reasonable

I have personally witnessed a crew member dropping a socket out of his pocket to push up the rear a bit during the template part of the inspection; they rolled the tire onto it. Chicago, 2003. I won't say who; but they placed in the top three.

/"Best Damned Garage In Town" is a great read
//sad that Smokey's shop burned down
///I see what you did there, Subs


Top 3 you say? Interestingly specific. Can't imagine why you picked that number.
 
2013-07-13 02:49:57 PM
We had a local well known racer who always said "There are cheaters and there are losers."
 
2013-07-13 03:59:10 PM

Kurohone: peewinkle: smerfnablin: Calm down guys

It was a post run inspection meaning he passed clearance before they let him on the track

Maybe he ran over a bump or something that threw his suspension off :)

/see I'm trying to be reasonable

I have personally witnessed a crew member dropping a socket out of his pocket to push up the rear a bit during the template part of the inspection; they rolled the tire onto it. Chicago, 2003. I won't say who; but they placed in the top three.

/"Best Damned Garage In Town" is a great read
//sad that Smokey's shop burned down
///I see what you did there, Subs

Top 3 you say? Interestingly specific. Can't imagine why you picked that number.


In Chicago, '03?
 
2013-07-14 12:42:44 AM

the biggest redneck here: bluorangefyre: The entire 48 team should've been ejected.

For being 1/16th too low after qualifying, after having already passed pre-qualifying inspection? Allllllllrighty then.


Somebody seriously needs to come up with a list of times they've either failed inspection OR had something that they shouldn't have had (hydraulic car at Dover, for example) compared to all other drivers in that timeframe, and you'll see why the entire team needed ejected.
 
2013-07-14 02:58:54 AM
MFAWG:

Top 3 you say? Interestingly specific. Can't imagine why you picked that number.

In Chicago, '03?


Whenever the inaugural year was... My boss used to let me smoke weed at work
 
2013-07-14 05:58:29 AM
There are two kinds of people:

Those who know the top teams in NASCAR have always cheated and will always be cheaters, and people who don't know anything about NASCAR.
 
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