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Old 02-07-2011, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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This story really irks me. Here's a young up and comer, Michael Annett, who's going to drive for Rusty Wallace Inc in the Nationwide series this year. He was arrested early Sunday morning after causing a motor vehicle accident while at 4 times the legal BAC limit. Other charges include texting while driving, resisting arrest, etc.

NASCAR driver charged with DWI | www.thatsracin.com (http://www.thatsracin.com/2011/02/07/55088/nascar-driver-charged-with-dwi.html - broken link)

Personally I am repulsed that RWI is going to let him drive at Daytona in two weeks, like nothing even happened. Yeah, yeah, they'll have him go through some programs, etc. Blah, blah, blah.

People call for race drivers to be parked / suspended / etc when they act goofy on the track, an environment where safety and clear heads prevail. This idiot could have easily caused a tragedy on the public roads. He should be put on desk duty at the shop immediately and have his permission to race suspended right now. If I'm correct, his DL is probably suspended already. That happens at the time of the violation (30 day suspension).

Thoughts???
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:57 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Pull his NASCAR license, permanently. They have done it to others.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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I thnik he will find that it worese tha deak duty in a high profile sport like thsi especailly directly related to his profession.
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Old 02-09-2011, 04:59 AM
 
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Pull his NASCAR license, permanently. They have done it to others.
After one offense?

AJ Allmendinger was arrested in October 2009 after blowing an .08 following a routine traffic stop. He was put on probation for the rest of the season, but not suspended from competition. Annett should be treated the same.

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:59 AM
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NASCAR is about the only sport that takes alcohol and drug abuse seriously. If they let abusers off easily then they will be just like the stick and ball sports concerning abuse. (lax enforcement)

Almindinger should be treated the same as the others.


Just because NASCAR has a high tolerance for alcohol among it's fans (bring your own beer into the stands) does not mean it should let it's drivers off when they break the law.

Like it or not young people worship, atheletes, rock stars, movie stars and if it's OK for them it's OK for me.

We already have enough a-holes drinking and driving and if they think it's OK for their NASCAR heroes to drive while drinking then why shouldn't they?
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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NASCAR is about the only sport that takes alcohol and drug abuse seriously. If they let abusers off easily then they will be just like the stick and ball sports concerning abuse. (lax enforcement)

Almindinger should be treated the same as the others.
Then shouldn't Annett be treated the same as Allmendinger was and given a chance to turn it around?


Just because NASCAR has a high tolerance for alcohol among it's fans (bring your own beer into the stands) does not mean it should let it's drivers off when they break the law.
He won't be "let off". Treatment and probation.

Like it or not young people worship, atheletes, rock stars, movie stars and if it's OK for them it's OK for me.

We already have enough a-holes drinking and driving and if they think it's OK for their NASCAR heroes to drive while drinking then why shouldn't they?
I'd say they they'd still drink and drive no matter what their hero did.
I'm not defending drunk driving but I say don't end a man's career without giving him an opportunity to make it right.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, N.C. area
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Apparently he has problems with driving and talking on the phone at the same time.

Second distracted driving crash this year.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- State DMV records show a NASCAR Nationwide Series driver charged with DWI, texting while driving and resisting police was involved in a crash seven months ago and used a similar excuse.

NASCAR driver charged with DWI also cited in 2010 crash | WCNC.com | Charlotte News, Weather, Traffic, DNC 2012 and Sports | WCNC.com | News for Charlotte, NC
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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I'm not defending drunk driving but I say don't end a man's career without giving him an opportunity to make it right.
I would normally agree with you, but this guy had a .32 BAC and had several other charges that aggravate the matter (texting, failure to reduce speed, resisting, etc.) Now we find this is the second time he wrecked out from texting while driving?

Sorry, but that dog won't hunt. He needs to pay the piper. Even if RWI won't hold him accountable (the power of sponsor dollars maybe?), NASCAR should.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:50 PM
 
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After one offense?

AJ Allmendinger was arrested in October 2009 after blowing an .08 following a routine traffic stop. He was put on probation for the rest of the season, but not suspended from competition. Annett should be treated the same.

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
NASCAR like any sort can make its own determnaion.The assualt on police is proably why.I saw a interview with hm and he knows he screwedup and loo for toehr rcing on a smaller level from what he said.To bad really.
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