Yes Virginia, There is a NASCAR Police

Yes Virginia, There is a NASCAR Police (April 26, 2013)

In case you haven't noticed, the NASCAR police has been very busy over the last week or so. From Penske to Gibbs, names that have not normally been in the spotlight are getting busted too. So is NASCAR being unusually harsh on teams?

"We've got the rules in play," said NASCAR VP of Competion Robin Pemberton. "They're put there a lot of times by NASCAR, but with input from the teams, manufacturers and outside experts, and it's our job to manage those rules and manage that rule book as it relates to the garage area."

NASCAR drivers and crew chiefs have for a long time proudly declared if you aint cheatin' you aint trying. Either a lot more teams are trying or NASCAR has infact clamped down.

"The emphasis, as everyone knows, it's about safety, it's about competition, and it's about cost-containment," said Pemberton. "The rule book evolves.  As everyone has seen over the course of time, it started with a one-sheeter 65 years ago, and now Lord only knows how big it is.  Moving forward we'll look at different things.  As the landscape changes out there, we'll have to evaluate and look at different things."

Let's see if we can make it through the entire Richmond weekend without any penalties.

Speaking of the Virginia sport track, this should be a fun weekend. Saturday night short track races are always fun.

Kyle Busch has been good at Richmond, with four victories, as are Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson with three. Drivers with a pair of Richmond wins, include Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick. Those with a singlw win include Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.

"It always seems to be a race kind of between Denny (Hamlin) and myself," said Busch. "We'll see how Richmond goes, but I love going to Richmond -- for some reason I've just kind of taken to that place.  I know what I need in my car to run well there."