• Sep 1, 2010
It is only fitting that NASCAR has as history of cheating that's as cunning and varied as the methods of the original, moonshine-running racers skirting the law. Popular Mechanics has detailed 11 great moments in the bending and breaking of NASCAR rules, which include a cheating incident and ejection in the very first series race in 1949, an inflated basketball to circumvent gas tank capacity and frame rails loaded with BBs to get around weight restrictions.

And although a stricter rule book and the Car of Tomorrow might make "rules violations" harder ever year, it certainly hasn't stopped: a site that keeps track of NASCAR penalties shows the series has docked five teams five teams already this year. Perhaps that's because, as Darryl Waltrip said after getting busted in 1976, "If you don't cheat, you look like an idiot."

[Source: Popular Mechanics | Image: Jason Smith/Getty Images]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Darrell Waltrip - "If you don't cheat, you look like an idiot". Judging by a lot of his Fox broadcasts, he ain't been cheatin' for quite some time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He should tried to do "Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start" with the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's so many grammatical errors in this article, it isn't even funny.

      It's DarrEl Waltrip, not Darryl.

      Anyway, thanks for pointing out the obvious, though. Every motorsport in the world has dealt with some type of cheating, recently as this year with the Ferrari F1 incident. You also have the previous year with Renault F1 and the Ferrari espionage incident.

      So please do not single out NASCAR as being this sport full of dirty drivers and teams.

      Anyway, let's just wait for the trolling and bashing of NASCAR as it has done in the past in the comments.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nah...not serious mostly bored. If I wanted to take things serious I would raise my level of dignity and intelligence and debate WRC and F1. By the way, I am a 6'3'', 210lbs, blond haired, 22 year old army vet. Not exactly leprechaun/troll material.

        @SpeedAddict - Yeah, NASCAR did do something to me. It ruined any trip to Daytona and Charlotte I have ever taken.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ok great...you have a COUPLE roadraces a year. Amazing!

        According to my rural Pennsylvanian logic, a couple is a whole hell of a lot less than 30-some.

        Before you start shouting "troll" at least make sure the "troll" in question isn't correct. When only 1/10 the entire season is a road race, that doesn't mean that they only roadrace. Don't sit around defending NASCAR from the one true insult they have coming to them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's amazing how many goofs the author fit into 139 words. One hundred thirty-seven words, actually, since he repeats the phrase "five teams".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't single out NASCAR?! Why the hell not? Aside from IRL, its the most prolific racing series in America at the moment and by far the biggest money maker. Go ahead make fun of NASCAR. There is only so much cheating you can do without using smokescreens and tire tacks while only making left hand turns.

        • 4 Years Ago
        You've obviously not been to Daytona, then. Because the only NASCAR related stuff is AROUND the track and a little sports bar near the beach. Everywhere else is just beachside hotels/motels and downtown Daytona.

        Also, I can guess you've not once been to Charlotte. You also just showed your ignorance of the sport once again by even thinking Lowes Motor Speedway is actually in Charlotte, when it's really in Concord. Just like Daytona, the only NASCAR activity happens where the track is. Charlotte is a gorgeous place with lots to do without getting distracted by NASCAR related stuff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm guessing Kevin didn't see the picture or failed to realize that there was a road race last weekend and there was 3 before that.

        Gotta love trolls who have absolutely no knowledge of the sport.
      Kris
      • 4 Years Ago
      The concept of stock cars went out the window when Bill Elliot, Kyle Petty, and Cale Yarlburogh lapped the field twice at Talledaga in the new Ford Thunderbirds in the 1980's. Out came the restrictor plates. Chevrolet engines in GM cars were allowed a larger than stock cams, the engine blocks were allowed to be notched to allow longer Ford connecting rods, and the cylinder head intake pattern was altered to allow the Ford intake manifold to be used for better fuel distribution. The spark plug alighnemt that angles theplugs towards the exhaust valve which starts conbustion in the hottest part of the cylinder allows a higher compression ratio copies a Ford inovation. Of couse the frame of all the cars is based on the 1967 Ford safety perimeter frame to protect ocupants from side inpacts. The drivetrain starting with the coil spring Borg and Long clutch plates, T and C top loader transmission, and the removal carrier 9 inch Ford rear diferential and axle assembly are used on the GM cars. With all that modification to other than Ford race cars to make them competitive I would take the easy way out and just race a Ford.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kris
        Oh please, you're so misinformed I don't know where to start.

        Just a few mistakes in here:

        1) All modern stock car frames were based from the 1965 Ford, not the '67
        2) Aftermarket parts have been in NASCAR engines since the early 1960s
        3) Long before Bill Elliot and Cale Yarborough (not your wrong spelling there, either) were running the so-called AeroBirds, aftermarket rods and pistons were in EVERY engine in Cup Racing. Every team was running NASCAR-approved aftermarket built and manufacturer "branded" heads too.
        4) Small-block Ford intakes don't fit small-block Chevy heads. Never have.

        I'm tired of picking at this. Why don't you go back to your dealership service bay and dump the oil out of another Fusion?

      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does everyone bash NASCAR for racing Ovals so much? That is what stock car racing is! Nobody bash's F1 for not racing on Ovals and only racing road courses. It's stupid. Oval racing is a different type of racing, deal with it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        'stock' car racing. with carburetors in the car of tomorrow..... wha?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The real story isn't which teams bend the rules, it's the selective enforcement by NASCAR.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's funny how any article related to NASCAR brings out the absolute best in people.. Have at it boys....
      • 4 Years Ago
      thats how it is especially with how most cars are DEMANDED too look alike with templates and some suspension part requirments, yet the best teams get over that and make the best of it like yawing the car on its axis and raising the back too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @lutz i could say troll but that would just be a compliment, your just a ignorant
      • 4 Years Ago
      I give up on Nascar. They start the season on Fox then go to TBN, then ESPN, and once in a while ABC. One never knows were to watch next. Many of us Nascar fans do not want or can not afford cable TV.

      I watched the firs half of the season on Fox and wll have to miss the chase for the cup since I don't have cable. Oh well at least the NFL knows how ro program their events.

      I'm sure one of he major networks would buy the whole season. But the Nascar seems to be all about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
        • 4 Years Ago
        hey dude the chase races are on abc bro local channels
        • 4 Years Ago
        According to Nascar.comthe chase is on ESPN only.
      Skip
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why did all you people leave out NHRA ????
      • 4 Years Ago
      To stop a cheat put the best cheat as head of tech. like Nelson what happened to Sabco when he left and went to tech. (Sorry Kyle)
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