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NASCAR Cup: practice penalties may be modified for 2018

No. 22 Team Penske Ford of Joey Logano (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

No. 22 Team Penske Ford of Joey Logano (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano was penalized the entire final practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, ahead of the Sept. 24 running of the ISM Connect 300 there. His penalty included sitting in his car, completely strapped in, at the end of pit road throughout the entire 50-minute practice session because of difficulties getting through inspection.

According to NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell such practice penalties may be modified for 2018.

“I think there’s some different things we could look at in the future, maybe not for this year, because we want to be fair to the rule that we’ve had in place,” O’Donnell said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday. “In 2018, you could look at the possibility of a driver going out to start practice and then being pulled off the track or black flagged if it’s a 20-minute penalty, or whatever that may be, and go that route. One of those things that, until it happens in a totality of practice, it becomes more of a story and something to look at. I think it’s fair for us to take a look at that going forward.”

In the days that followed Logano’s penalty at NHMS, NASCAR received loud criticism from fans and competitors, alike, regarding the penalty. The cause of the ire wasn’t Logano sitting out the practice session, though. Instead, the reason for the criticism was Logano having to sit in his car on pit road the entire session.

Logano called the situation “stupid” and a “total joke.”

Since NASCAR began docking practice time for multiple inspection failures, drivers penalized have been required to sit in their cars on pit road but the move had gone without noticeable criticism until Logano’s penalty at New Hampshire. Previously, no driver was penalized the entire practice session.

“This was the first time we’ve ever had an entire practice (sat out),” O’Donnell said. “The reason the drivers are part of that is to have some teeth in the penalty. If the driver’s not part of that, we felt like teams may purposefully just continue to fail because it’s an entire team penalty and needed everybody to be part of that. We’ve done that many times this year and really hasn’t been a story because it hasn’t been the entire practice.”

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