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NASCAR received Kyle Larson’s waiver resolution appropriate, however not with out frustration

NASCAR made the right decision in granting a waiver for Kyle Larson to remain playoff eligible. In fact, it seemed to be a no-brainer. Which is why, while it took NASCAR eight days to get to the right decision, the whole situation still leaves a lingering, exhausted feeling of frustration amid the relief. The rule

NASCAR received Kyle Larson’s waiver resolution appropriate, however not with out frustration

NASCAR made the correct resolution in granting a waiver for Kyle Larson to stay playoff eligible. In reality, it gave the impression to be a no brainer.

Which is why, while it took NASCAR eight days to get to the right decision, the entire state of affairs nonetheless leaves a lingering, exhausted feeling of frustration amid the aid.

The rule requiring a driver to begin each race to be playoff eligible, no less than from what was communicated when it was instituted in 2014, was for 2 major causes:

–Competitors: To maintain a driver who makes or advances by the playoffs with a win from skipping a race or to maintain drivers from skipping races to be well-rested or extra targeted on a particular race to attempt to make the playoffs.

–Followers: To guarantee that followers see the drivers they purchase tickets for, very similar to extra just lately carried out NBA load administration guidelines.

There was by no means something communicated that it was carried out to maintain different sequence from doubtlessly luring a NASCAR star for a weekend.

So when Kyle Larson opted to remain in Indianapolis for the rain-delayed Indy 500 and missed the beginning of the Coke 600, there should not have been something greater than a direct “don’t be concerned about it, you may get a waiver.”

He wasn’t doing it to take a break as a result of he already had two victories or to enhance his possibilities of making the playoffs.

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His followers in attendance probably understood the state of affairs. Larson’s followers love him due to his means to race a wide range of automobiles. His quest to do the double had enamored race followers as he tried a feat no driver since 2014 had completed and solely 4 drivers had performed since lights at Charlotte made the Indy 500-Coke 600 “double” potential. It was a optimistic storyline for the 2 weeks main into the occasion. If something, extra folks watched the 600 hoping Larson would get within the automotive.

Larson already was taking a regular-season factors hit and a possible playoff-point hit by not making it again and never incomes a potential 70 regular-season factors and eight playoff factors on the day.

Kyle Larson offers his view of the contact with Kyle Busch on the finish of the second stage at Gateway

What about Larson and Hendrick Motorsports saying that the 600 was the precedence within the weeks and months main as much as the occasion? That at all times appeared as a public face to point out respect to NASCAR in hopes that there was by no means a choice to be made. Anybody who has been to the Indy 500 is aware of simply how huge an occasion it’s and the way particular it’s and nobody would assume {that a} driver would voluntarily go away except, as Robby Gordon as soon as needed to, his NASCAR sponsor commitments required him to forego a shot at an Indy 500 win. 

There isn’t a method Hendrick thought the choice could be denied when it determined Larson would keep at Indianapolis. Whether or not Hendrick or Chevrolet or Larson himself would have sought a authorized problem is unknown, and even when NASCAR prevailed in court docket, it no method would win within the view of public notion, along with the PR nightmare of this being a potential storyline by the occasion.

NASCAR says it could not rule on the waiver earlier than Larson truly missed the beginning of the race. And whereas it’s comprehensible it does not wish to rule on hypotheticals, this can be a uncommon occasion — the Indianapolis 500! — the place a coverage ought to have been set forward of time with clear parameters of what will get a waiver and what does not. That method the workforce, the driving force and the followers all know the choice (both method) with out eight days of angst and questions.

Shifting ahead, NASCAR could be greatest off to only ditch the waiver rule and say a driver loses playoff factors (someplace between two and 5) if the driving force does not compete in a regular-season race and should compete in each playoff race. 

Something could be higher than going by this week of uncertainty once more.

Bob Pockrass covers NASCAR for FOX Sports activities. He has spent many years protecting motorsports, together with over 30 Daytona 500s, with stints at ESPN, Sporting Information, NASCAR Scene journal and The (Daytona Seashore) Information-Journal. Comply with him on Twitter @bobpockrass.

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