NASCAR needed to come down harder on Michael Waltrip Racing

Michael Waltrip should have received harsher punishments for fixing Saturday's race in Richmond,...

Michael Waltrip should have received harsher punishments for fixing Saturday's race in Richmond, according to Dean McNulty. (AFP)

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:28 PM ET

TORONTO - First a confession: I like NASCAR.

I know there are readers out there who are thinking, ‘Oh yeah, and the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.’

But today I am more than somewhat embarrassed by a racing series that I have spent the better part of the last 15 years defending as a legitimate member of the professional sporting fraternity.

When series president Mike Helton stood up before the Charlotte-based NASCAR media Monday night to announce that Michael Waltrip Racing would be fined a historic $300,000, its competition director Ty Norris suspended indefinitely and each of its three drivers — Martin Truex Jr., Brian Vickers and Clint Bowyer — be docked 50 pre-Chase championship points, my immediate reaction was: “Is that all?”


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