Women Mercurial Superfly Indeed, changes to the championship format have given drivers the flexibility to admit they are not healthy enough to drive
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" There was a time in NASCAR when skipping a race because of illness or injury was simply not considered. Rather than sit out with swollen eyes, Ricky Rudd used tape to keep them open. Richard Petty ran three races hiding a broken neck from NASCAR officials.
That bravado " foolishness? " in drivers is no more.
Nike Women Soccer Shoes Denny Hamlin became the fourth Sprint Cup Series driver to require a replacement when he pulled out of Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway with neck spasms. Hamlin felt fine at the start but said he felt something pop around Lap 12. Rain 10 laps later gave him a nearly four-hour delay to work on the pain, but he turned his car over to 18-year-old Erik Jones when the race resumed.
Nike Women Elastico Finale "I'm no use to the team like this," Hamlin said from the garage. "In this win-and-you're-in format, there's no point in me being out there if I can't win."
Women Mercurial Superfly Indeed, changes to the championship format have given drivers the flexibility to admit they are not healthy enough to drive. NASCAR last season expanded the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field to 16 slots and said a win would automatically ensure a driver a berth in the playoffs.
So when Hamlin was parked one race last March by medical officials who said an issue with his eye was not suitable for racing, there was no panic: All he had to do was collect a victory by the 26th race of the season to remain eligible for championship competition.
Women Magista Obra FG Before the Chase, which began in 2004 and has steadily evolved, missing a race would ruin a driver's championship chances. Sometimes it could even cost him his job if the team owner or sponsor balked at his absence.
The system caused Dale Earnhardt Jr. to conceal a concussion early in his career and led to countless other hidden ailments from drivers too determined to play through the pain.