After Sunday's race, officials made it sound like the yellow line rule was written in concrete. "Pass below the yellow line," they said, "and a driver will be penalized."
Of course, there are plenty of examples where it wasn't concrete. So what gives?
I'm on board with those who think that if the roles were reversed and it was Regan Smith in the lead and Tony Stewart ducking low, officials would have then said Stewart was forced down and given him the victory.
It's an easy rule to fix to make it so that are no future controversies.
A. Eliminate the yellow line rule. It's a bogus rule anyway. At every other track there is no such thing as out of bounds. Why do it at Talladega and Daytona? It has done nothing to curb the accident rates at the two tracks
B. Make it so there is no passing below the yellow line PERIOD. It doesn't matter whether you're forced down or not. You cannot pass. Consider it a second wall. Forget saying a driver could be penalized for forcing another below the yellow line if you never really intend to make that call.
I'd prefer A over B.
NASCAR is a sport where judgement calls really shouldn't have to be made. I see one driver cross the finish line ahead of the other, the first guy should be the winner. It should be as simple as that.