CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR has fined at least two of its star
drivers this season for making critical comments about the racing
series, The Associated Press has learned.
People familiar with the penalties told the AP the comments were considered disparaging to the sport. The people spoke on condition
of anonymity because NASCAR is not publicly identifying the
topflight drivers it fined. They say one driver was penalized as
much as $50,000.
The decision to fine competitors for critical comments puts
NASCAR in line with many other professional sports leagues. The NFL
and NBA both routinely issue fines for criticism of officiating.
It also backs up NASCAR's season-long campaign to rebuild the
slumping sport through an improved on-track product and off-track
promotion from its drivers.