Last week, Tony Stewart announced his return to NASCAR. What should have been a jubilant celebration turned into a dramatic scandal. Stewart was slammed with a $35,000 fine for these comments over NASCAR’s rules for loose lug nuts after announcing his return:
“With all the crap we’re going through with all the safety stuff, and for them to sit there and sit on their hands on this one … this is not a game you play with safety and that’s exactly the way I feel like NASCAR is treating this. This is not the way to do this.”
This is just one reason why people are excited about Stewart’s return. Not only is he an outstanding driver, he is not afraid to voice his opinion and stand by it. The fine did not make Stewart back down or apologize for his sentiments. If anything, it added fuel to the fire. Many people agreed with Stewart’s comments, with the NASCAR council even paying the fine for him. While NASCAR’s stance was “no comment”, it started a conversation between drivers, fans, commentators, and the council. Safety should be a priority—a loose lug is not worth a life.
Stewart’s comments led to NASCAR reviewing the rule. Last night it was confirmed that the rule is being changed, and all lug nuts must be properly installed. Buckle up people, this is only the beginning of Stewart’s return. NASCAR should expect a lot more where that came from.