Whereas their request was in the end denied, a reliable case may very well be made that a playoff staff tried to drag a quick one on NASCAR.

ThorSport Racing noticed two of their three playoff drivers, Grant Enfinger and Johnny Sauter, eradicated from the 2019 NASCAR Truck Sequence playoffs following the spherical of eight finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

All three of their playoff drivers have been pressured to retire from this race with engine points, though Matt Crafton was lucky in that he was one of many six drivers who nonetheless ended up above the spherical of 6 minimize line and superior to the second spherical of the three-round, seven-race playoffs.

On account of the truth that engine points have been the reason for these retirements, the staff submitted a written request to NASCAR to have Enfinger and Sauter reinstated into the playoffs.

NASCAR declined this request, and because of this, the spherical of 6 is scheduled to get underway this Saturday, October 12 at Talladega Superspeedway, and it’s set to characteristic six drivers: GMS Racing’s Brett Moffitt, Hattori Racing Enterprises’ Austin Hill, Niece Motorsports’ Ross Chastain, Halmar Friesen Racing’s Stewart Friesen, DGR-Crosley’s Tyler Ankrum and Crafton.

However the best way during which this request was illustrated, not less than publicly, indicated solely that the concept was for Enfinger and Sauter to be reinstated into the playoffs — nothing else.

Nonetheless, this might have carried different ramifications regardless of which manner you take a look at it, all to the good thing about ThorSport Racing and a few even to the detriment of different groups and drivers.

ThorSport Racing normal supervisor David Pepper said that “we’re not asking to reset Vegas. We’ll take our last-place finishes”. He went on to say that “we’re simply asking to maneuver the cutoff date to Phoenix, get rid of 4 of us as a substitute of two (after Vegas) and two (after Phoenix.)” and “we don’t desire a reset or a reshuffle”.

How may this be conceived as pulling a quick one?

As a result of the situation he introduced wouldn’t imply a easy reinstatement, nor would it not be suitable with all of his requests/statements.

After every of the rounds of the playoffs, the purpose totals for the drivers who advance to the subsequent spherical have their level totals request.

Such was the case for the six drivers who superior from the spherical of eight to the spherical of 6.

Certain, Enfinger and Sauter may “take their final place finishes” like Pepper steered. However they might begin the spherical of 6 in second and seventh place within the playoff image on account of this factors reset, even with their final place finishes.

With that being mentioned, Pepper did state that “we don’t desire a reset or a reshuffle”.

That’s all good and properly when it comes to not sending Enfinger and Sauter up the order forward of a spherical they shouldn’t rightly be in.

Nonetheless, now you’re not solely simply reinstating ThorSport Racing’s drivers within the trend of fully ignoring the principles that had been in place for everyone because the begin of the season.

You’re fully throwing out the whole playoff format for everyone to your personal comfort.

The spherical of 6 drivers who have been poised to make beneficial properties on account of the spherical of 6 reset and who had banked on that reset provided that they’ve recognized the principles since day one wouldn’t have accomplished so, placing them at one other drawback to associate with the truth that they might have already got two extra playoff drivers to cope with, two drivers who ought to have already been eradicated.

On the flip aspect, the “reset” had already occurred forward of the spherical of 6. So maybe Pepper meant that he didn’t desire a additional reset.

In that case, we’d be again to sq. one with Enfinger and Sauter advancing to the spherical of 6 in second or seventh place within the playoff image, as that will have been the one technique to ship these two drivers to the spherical of 6 with out an extra “reset” — once more, even with their final place finishes.

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No matter the way you take a look at it and your opinion on whether or not or not it ought to have been accepted, ThorSport Racing’s request to reinstate Grant Enfinger and Johnny Sauter into the 2019 NASCAR Truck Sequence was greater than only a easy request to reinstate these two drivers.

It will have both fully discounted their final place finishes, even with them being “keen to take them”, or it might have unjustifiably ruined the playoff format completely for everyone else despite the fact that each driver and each staff had got down to conquer that format by accruing playoff factors through stage wins and race wins all through the whole season.

Thankfully, NASCAR was clever to this request and didn’t approve it, as a result of whenever you take David Pepper’s phrases at face worth, it seems as if ThorSport Racing could have been attempting to drag a quick one.


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