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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.

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Comment by Dave Norris™ on September 18, 2011 at 11:54am

i totally hear you, but the fact is there is not a thing NASCAR will ever be able to do about it. If they were to fine Menard, the teams would just start using some sort of key words or something. It is funny as can be that they said they found no evidence though.

Comment by Woody Ferrell on September 18, 2011 at 9:27am

Here one video showing Menard spinning out. I can not tell anything from this showing anything except for spinning out. His rear came around so he turned to the right as you should to try an save it. But what caused the spin. I would think you would have to hit the brakes and floor the peddle at the same time to make that happen. Not sure, just talking about loud here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsRYU9SLcyI

Comment by Woody Ferrell on September 18, 2011 at 8:53am

Hey Duh, can you send me the link to the replay you are talking about? I'd like to see it

Comment by Duhhub on September 18, 2011 at 8:44am

COME ON!?!?!?!? I saw at least 3 things that could've proven (or at least strongly suggested) that he did it on purpose. First, the fact that Paul kept asking "do you need a caution". Then, the fact that the spotter was updating him on who was in the lead, Gordon or Harv, and by how much. And third, the way he spun out strongly suggests he did it on purpose, because Paul "lost it" of of turn 4, but if you look at the replay, you can see him actually turning left as he spun. No halfway-decent driver would do that. Everybody knows that you have to crank the wheel sharp right and slide the car the other direction in a situation like that.

But we all know that NA$CAR would probably do this, and we were right.

Comment by Bootsy ♥♥ on September 17, 2011 at 6:29pm

Yep, I kind of thought Nascar would go there.They never disappoint, they are always consistant, had this been a one car team they would have thrown the book at him...Their "make up as you go" rule book.

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