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France: NASCAR product criticism not tolerated

Mar 28, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

NASCAR Media Tour Auto Racing AP

NASCAR chairman Brian France will not stand for any criticism of its racing product with the Sprint Cup Series’ new Generation 6 car.

“I have been crystal clear in the meetings with all of the drivers and all of the owners about the fact that we are going to give them more opportunities to criticize more things than any other professional sport in America,” France told the AP in a phone interview. “Having said that, there is one line that we are not going to tolerate and that’s going to be criticizing the quality of the racing product in any way, form or fashion.”

France admitted there is a very small line between constructive criticism and questioning the integrity of the sport or integrity of the officials.

It’s been a mixed start for the G6, which opened to less than satisfactory reviews at Daytona and Phoenix, but has seen improved racing and good lead battles at Las Vegas, Bristol and California.

Denny Hamlin, now sidelined for six weeks with a broken vertebrae, spoke out against the car’s racing credentials after Phoenix and earned a $25,000 fine.

Do you think France is in the right?



  1. convincedofthehex - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Integrity of the sport? He must be joking. GWC finishes. Debris cautions for imaginary plastic bags. A lack of right turns. Identical cars (sorry, different graphics on the grill don’t count). Boogity boogity boogity. A lack of short tracks. etc etc etc. And he’s worried about a little constructive criticism. IndyCar is on the way back, hopefully at Nascar’s expense.

    • cjj61258 - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      I have to agree, NASCAR has lost their way.

  2. gbar22 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Indy will never approach nascar’s heights ever again.

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      You misspelled the word “depths.” NASCAR is popular for casual fans to watch because the overweight, under-tired slugs y’all call cars crash. A lot. From the misleading name (is there a single part in the vehicle that comes “stock” on any mass-produced car anywhere in the world?) to the rush to the garage at the hint of rain, NASCAR is the epitome of manufactured drama and hype.

      There are lots of popular shows on TLC that garner good ratings, but not one of them could have held a candle to the original shows that gave that network its name. And, much like The Learning Channel, there is nothing left in NASCAR that has much to do with its roots (except the fistfights). It’s just fabricated wrestling on four wheels.

  3. cjj61258 - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    The car is the product? I thought the product was entertainment. Cars are the product if you are in business of manufacturing and selling cars. Does NASCAR plans on selling these cars?

  4. techmeister1 - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    France needs to pull his head outta his arse. NASCAR spectators should write or boycott the advertisers if they want to see NASCAR stop the Nazism associated with the “product’. If NASCAR can’t stand constructive criticism then sell the organization and allow someone with a clue to grow “the product”.

  5. jimcon218 - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Brian – come on man, I thought you were all about the fans and listening to the fans? What did the fans tell you about this unproductive kenn jerk reaction to Denny’s comments? We want the raw emotion on all topics and we want them to call you out when warranted. Fans are sick and tired of your double standards.

    Now the CA race and your reaction post that race was spot on and don’t get in the middle of that and screw it up as Darby said.

  6. dewedge7 - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Not very many comments here….I would have thought more…..but agree with the sentiment of most that NASCAR is a hollow shell of its former self. The COT and now the Gen6 car are both designed to keep drivers ultra safe and has ruined the racing. If you have to dictate that no one can be critical then there must be big problems.

    I use to watch NASCAR faithfully every Sun (at 12 or 12:30) when the racing started. Now I have to watch an hour or more of “experts” telling me who is going to win and why and then the race finally starts and it is boring….BORING. I have not watch a complete race in the last year or so…..just catch it every 100 laps or so until the end.

    While Indy car racing is not what it was in 50’s, 60’s or 70’s it is still better now than NASCAR. Formula 1, different animal but at least the cars are not identical to each other (there is innovation)…just not a lot of passing or racing.

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