Why NASCAR has to crack down on post-race burnouts

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Suddenly NASCAR cares.  At least about post race celebratory burnouts anyway.  Last Sunday Denny Hamlin scored his first Cup road course victory.  The win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Cheez-it 355 came in the second road course race of the season and two months after Hamlin lost the road course race at Sonoma on the final corner after being shoved out of the way by eventual race winner Tony Stewart.

Sunday, Hamlin led 10 laps and was finally able to score his first Cup road course win (Hamlin won a NASCAR Busch/Xfinity series race on the road course in Mexico in 2006). After Sunday’s race , Hamlin did a celebratory burnout that ended up shredding the rear tires on his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and he had to walk to victory lane as the crew replaced the tires and pushed the winning car to him to complete the celebration. And why shouldn’t he celebrate? After all, it was his first Cup road course win, and he was suffering back spasms that almost forced him to miss the race entirely.  He also survived challenges from Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. in the waning laps. So Hamlin, who also won this year’s Daytona 500 had a lot to celebrate.

His long smoky burnout along the frontstretch didn’t just shred his back tires, it put on show that had fans cheering MORE>>>

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