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Why MWR Penalties Should Be the 1st Step in Preventing Future Cheating

NASCAR walked down the right path Monday evening when they delivered swift and decisive penalties to Michael Waltrip Racing for ham-handedly altering the results of Saturday night's race. The penalties were surprising—Martin Truex Jr. lost his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and the organization was fined a record $300,000—and also necessary. The sport simply had to send a message that blatant manipulation of a race's outcome by tanking the performance of team cars wasn't tolerated. Were the sport to not take any action, the fallout could have been disastrous on both fan and reputation fronts. Something just had to be done. Trouble is, Monday night's punishment for the sins of the weekend wasn't near enough to prevent anoth...

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