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NASCAR Ends Secret Fines

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, January 25 2012


NASCAR issued a statement on Wednesday saying its officials would end the practice of issuing so-called secret fines.

Instead, the statement said, NASCAR will publicly disclose the fines it issues.

“NASCAR will no longer issue fines that are undisclosed,” NASCAR’s statement said. “We looked at this issue from every angle and gathered feedback from the industry.

“While there are always sensitivities related to sponsor relationships and other leagues may continue issuing disclosed and undisclosed fines, NASCAR has decided that all fines moving forward will be made public after the competitor or organization that has been penalized has been informed.”

The practice of secret fines came under fire last season when several drivers disclosed they had been hit by the fines.

Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski were reportedly subjected to the fines for comments they made to the media.

Last November, NASCAR CEO Brian France said NASCAR didn’t see a compelling reason to make the fines public.

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, January 25 2012
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