NASCAR officials said on Saturday there is no evidence to support allegations that Paul Menard spun out intentionally to bring out a caution and affect the finish of last weekend's Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. Spokesman Kerry Tharp said officials listened to audio of Menard's radio transmission before he spun out with 16 laps remaining and found nothing to indicate he did anything deliberately.(ESPN)(9-17-2011)
What!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me!!!!! No evidence!!!!!!!! NASCAR officials must think us fans are as dumb as a box of rocks. What a joke, but hey isn't this exactly what we all expected. My question is this, if they didn't find any evidence, then what was their conclusion as to why Paul Menard kept asking on the radio "do you need a caution". And I guess they didn't find it odd that Menard's crew chief and spotter felt it important to give him constant updates as to where the 24 and 29 cars were in relation to each other. Isn't it the crew chiefs and spotters responsibilities to keep Mernard informed as to where he is on the track, and where he is in relation to the cars around him?
I would like to say I am shocked, but I can't because this is exactly what I expected. But I had hoped that NASCAR would at least come out and state the obvious. That yes the radio communications did give reason for concern, but that they could not prove that Menard spun on purpose. Way to go NASCAR officials, you never fail to amaze me.