France: NASCAR product criticism not tolerated

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NASCAR chairman Brian France will not stand for any criticism of its racing product with the Sprint Cup Series’ new Generation 6 car.

“I have been crystal clear in the meetings with all of the drivers and all of the owners about the fact that we are going to give them more opportunities to criticize more things than any other professional sport in America,” France told the AP in a phone interview. “Having said that, there is one line that we are not going to tolerate and that’s going to be criticizing the quality of the racing product in any way, form or fashion.”

France admitted there is a very small line between constructive criticism and questioning the integrity of the sport or integrity of the officials.

It’s been a mixed start for the G6, which opened to less than satisfactory reviews at Daytona and Phoenix, but has seen improved racing and good lead battles at Las Vegas, Bristol and California.

Denny Hamlin, now sidelined for six weeks with a broken vertebrae, spoke out against the car’s racing credentials after Phoenix and earned a $25,000 fine.

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