Before we get started, this is not a hate article against Justin Haley. Haley is a highly-skilled driver who will compete for an Xfinity title this year and will earn a top-level Cup Series ride in the near future. With that being said, the “racing” team who is giving him a ride right now in the Cup Series, is the last team that should be handed a victory in NASCAR’s top division. Spire Motorsports is nothing but a start-and-park venture for a company looking to gain relevance and boost business outside of the sport. They are not and have zero intentions on competing for wins or championships in the Cup Series. They show up to fill a spot in one of the 36 charted cars that NASCAR has used since the tragic charter system was introduced to the sport. Today, was another phenomenal race that kept me and a majority of racing fans on the edge of our seats. Unfortunately, the “Big One” was triggered at the front of the pack by Austin Dillon and Clint Bowyer and that was all she wrote on this one. Kurt Busch held the lead during caution but pitted as NASCAR officials gave the one-to-go signal, informing drivers that they were going to go back racing. Lightning struck during that time period, forcing NASCAR to halt the race which led to the unfortunate win for Haley and Spire.
Merit is stripped from a sport, that prides itself on paying your dues and working your way up the ladder when a team like this is handed a victory. First, skill has been compromised for most Cup Series drivers this season, and now NASCAR has decided to hand a victory to a team who loaned a charter because they are wealthy. Say what you want about the racing product, but a majority of the 2019 season has been shrouded in a cloud of dirty air and inconsistency with no clearance in sight. In the next few years, NASCAR is going to need a make a decision on whether or not money will determine who and who will not win races. Driver talent should always come first in racing and that has not been the case since the Gen-6 car came into fruition back in 2013. The only unanimous positives that have come out of 2019 so far are the superspeedway races, FOX TV ratings, and the Kansas night race. Three positives at the halfway point of the season. That is not good. A win was stolen from multiple drivers who are trying to make the playoffs and will likely not have another chance due to their teams not having the equipment and technology that a Joe Gibbs or Hendrick team has to compete for wins. A bad situation for all drivers, fans, and affiliates of NASCAR.
NASCAR heads to Kentucky Speedway next weekend for another set of night races in the truck, Xfinity, and Cup Series.
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