Saturday, March 30, 2013

Brian France is Happy with Current State of NASCAR

Aside from Denny Hamlin suffering an injury that likely will keep him out of competition for six weeks, Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway is just what NASCAR chairman Brian France wants the sport to look like.

"What I know is when the racing is tighter and there's more passing, there's just more excitement and more contact and more things that happen," France told Tuesday as the Sprint Cup Series heads into its first off weekend. "That's kind of what NASCAR is all about.

"Kind of what happened on Sunday was a prototype event for how we would look what a good event ought to look like."

Hamlin suffered a compression fracture to a vertebra in his lower back when he crashed hard into a concrete barrier while battling former Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano for the lead on the last lap. He is expected to miss six weeks.

It was the second time in two weeks the drivers were involved in an on-track incident. Hamlin spun Logano out while Logano raced Jeff Gordon for the lead a week earlier at Bristol.

But France said he has no plans to talk to them about settling their feud.

"No, because what they did, notwithstanding that Denny got injured, what they did in the last 20 laps is exactly what we would have expected them to do," France said. "This is a contact sport. It's always been a contact sport, especially late in the race.

"They were going at it. It probably didn't hurt the competitiveness that both drivers didn't want the other one to win. They also did want to win themselves. That's how NASCAR racing goes. We won't be having any conversation with them." (ESPN)