NASCAR isn't the NFL yet, and Michael Waltrip isn't Plastico Burruss and A.J. Allmendinger isn't (insert name of random NFL felon here), but for the second time in about a week a Sprint Cup driver has been driving after drinking.
I'm not suggesting a publc flogging for these two drivers, and they have both apologized for their actions, but they did endanger other motorists while driving in the condition they were in. I hope they weren't thinking that, being professional drivers, they are somehow better able to navigate on public roads while intoxicated than the rest of us would be.
As publicity-conscious as The Powers That Be (TPTB) in NASCAR are, I doubt this can go unpunished. Yet at least for the moment TPTB seem to be taking a passive approach to the situations, which is a little surprising.
Should Waltrip or Allmendinger be suspended for a race because of these incidents? That would be an easy call for NASCAR since neither driver is in the Chase (what if this were Jimmie Johnson though, hmmmm?), but "easy call" or not, as I write this no action has been taken that I am aware of.
Just one last point: can someone remind me again what Jeremy Mayfield did that was so awful, and for which he deserved to be exiled from NASCAR?
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