On the day that Tony Stewart announced he would return to NASCAR, he was fined $35,000 for violating guidelines in the Sprint Cup Series Rule Book.
On Wednesday, at a sponsorship appearance, Stewart criticized NASCAR’s 2015 rule change allowing teams to put less than five lug nuts on tires during pit stops, a change that puts the safety into the team’s hands.
The co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing proposed that NASCAR needs to get control and mandate all five lug nuts or go to the Formula One and IndyCar route that has just one center hub in the middle of the wheel.
“I guarantee you that envelope is going to keep getting pushed until somebody gets hurt,” Stewart said. “You will not have heard a rant that’s going to be as bad as what’s going to come out of my mouth if a driver gets hurt because of a loose wheel that hurts one of them.”
According to NASCAR, Stewart violated Section 12.8.1 of the NASCAR rule book. Actions detrimental to this could lead to a fine anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000. This particular instance disparaged the sport and criticized NASCAR’s leadership.
Stewart will return to his No. 14 Chevrolet on Friday in preparation for this weekend’s race in Richmond.
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