IN THE DRAFT: NASCAR's standard of different standards

Apr. 17, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

I took a week off and I really hoped with a week off the racing would be better. Unfortunately, it was not. Martinsville belonged to Jimmie Johnson and Texas was nothing more than a duel between Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. Not much excitement on the track but plenty off the track. Let's talk penalties and punishment.

When Tiger Woods took an ill-advised and illegal drop during the third round of The Masters he could have been disqualified, but instead was given a two-shot penalty and was allowed to continue playing.

There were two reasons he wasn't disqualified. One was his name and what his presence does for television ratings. The other was because it is The Masters and it operates by its own rules and standards.

If Cameron Tringale does the same drop this week at Hilton Head during The Heritage, then his chances of being allowed to finish the tournament are minimal. His name does not dictate his ability to skirt rules so he must abide by them.

In Formula 1 racing this past weekend, Mark Webber ran out of gas during qualifying and was forced to start last from the pit lane. He had made his way to the 11th spot before crashing into Jean-Eric Vergne as they pitted. Webber's right rear tire was poorly attached and it came off before the he completed a lap and caused the wreck.

Webber will be penalized for causing the wreck by being relegated three starting positions at next weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix. In other words, if he qualifies fifth he will start eighth.

This brings me to Sprint Cup. Brad Keselowski says he is being targeted by NASCAR over some rule infractions. Before the race at Texas he and Joey Logano, his teammate, had to have their transmissions replaced and both face some form of penalty. The penalties could include the loss of championship points, owner points , fines or a combination of all three. Keselowski says this is not the first time.

He says NASCAR has been looking at everything he and his team does because he thinks it's picking on him. Maybe NASCAR is, but did he for once think that if you get caught once, then more than likely you have been wrong before but just weren't caught. I have always said that is Johnson's secret to success - not getting caught!

Would the outcome be different if it was Josh Wise? Probably. Wise is not a household name and if he misses a race no one notices. If a Johnson or Gordon doesn't make the field, then no one will watch the race.

The point I'm trying to make is: it is not what you know, or how good you are, or what you did for me yesterday, but it all depends on who you are!

Any other golfer at any other tournament would be sent packing. Any other driver besides a name driver would face big fines and suspensions for speaking their mind. Just ask Carl Long. The exception is Mark Webber in F1. The governing body does not care who you are. It is consistent. I wish all officials would treat everyone the same, but then we would all live in a perfect world and that ain't happening either! See you after Kansas!