Why NASCAR can't win its war on cheating overnight

Why NASCAR can't win its war on cheating overnight

NASCAR has taken the first steps towards stopping teams and drivers exploiting loopholes by introducing a rule that will disqualify drivers if they are found to have breached regulations in a race. It's a positive first step on what will be a long journey

The worst phrase in NASCAR is not reigning Cup Series champion Joey Logano's old nickname, 'Sliced Bread', and it's not racer-turned-commentator Dale Earnhardt Jr's famous Chicagoland 'slide job' shout. It's actually the term 'encumbered win'.

That phrase applied to drivers who won Cup races but then failed post-race inspections. Rather than remove said driver from the results, NASCAR would punish the offender by preventing the victory counting towards an automatic playoff berth. But the record books would still show that driver, effectively caught cheating, as the winner of the race.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?

AUTOSPORT+

from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just

39c