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NASCAR Penalty Process: Breaking Down Sprint Cup Series’ New Deterrence System

One problem NASCAR has dealt with over the years is inconsistency when it comes to handing down penalties. In an effort to add more transparency to the process, the sanctioning body will use a new punishment system instead of handling each case on an individual basis. As the 2014 season comes into focus—the Daytona 500 is less than three weeks away—NASCAR announced its tiered "Deterrence System." It will be used to place every infraction into one of six categories and then use the connected punishment. David Caraviello of passed along comments about the system from NASCAR's executive vice president for racing operations, Steve O'Donnell. He said the effort is being made to ensure every driver is treated fairly and can...

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