Newman Comments Push the Edge

Ryan Newman

NASCAR spokesperson Kerry Tharp: "We believe (Newman) kind of pushed the edge on that in his comments. We disagree with his opinion. We disagree with the comments he made but he wasn’t critical of the racing, he wasn’t critical of the racing product, so therein lies the decision not to fine him. We don’t agree with what he said, I’ll tell you that right now." (Photo: Getty Images)

CONCORD, N.C. - A NASCAR official said Wednesday that while series officials did not penalize Ryan Newman for his critical comments at Talladega, they do not agree with what he said.

Newman was involved in the 12-car crash that saw Kurt Busch’s car’s land on the roof of Newman’s car Sunday. Newman criticized series officials in an interview on Fox after the incident.

“They can build safer race cars, they can build safer walls, but they can’t get their heads out of their asses far enough to keep them on the race track and that’s pretty disappointing, and I wanted to make sure I get that point across," he said. “You all can figure out who they is.

“That’s no way to end a race. Just poor judgment. You got what you wanted. Poor judgment. Running in the dark, running in the rain."

NASCAR stated Tuesday that Newman would not face any penalties but spokesperson Kerry Tharp explained NASCAR’s position Wednesday and defended its actions.

“We did tell them they could challenge NASCAR, they could challenge the racing calls, certain calls that we made and that type of thing," Tharp said of guidelines to drivers. “We did tell them a couple of years back, hey, don’t take on the racing product, don’t disparage the racing.

“We believe (Newman) kind of pushed the edge on that in his comments. We disagree with his opinion. We disagree with the comments he made but he wasn’t critical of the racing, he wasn’t critical of the racing product, so therein lies the decision not to fine him. We don’t agree with what he said, I’ll tell you that right now."

Earlier this season, NASCAR fined Denny Hamlin $25,000 for “disparaging remarks" he made about the racing at Phoenix International Raceway.

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