Sunday, February 24, 2008 | By: Dusty Taylor

An open letter to Mike Helton

Probably neither of the two folks that read this blog are NASCAR fans..but I must publish this letter I sent off today in the hope that someone else will read it and send it to the idiots that run NASCAR. Yes I, a progressive female, love the hell out of NASCAR! You got a problem with that??

Dear Mike Helton and your Gestapo Minions,

I, Dusty ****, proudly and forcefully stand up for Robby Gordon and the #7 Jim Beam team's right to appeal the excessive and totally ridiculous 100-point penalty and suspension handed down by NASCAR following the Daytona 500.

I am a Tony Stewart fan but I can not sit by and watch this travesty of justice one minute longer.

I am sick and tired of the crap that passes for fairness in NASCAR. This action by you and your minions reeks of bat guano. What balls you have Helton, Pemberton and Darby, it isn't even a performance issue for the love of God! Just once in your worthless lives..let the penalty fit the crime!

Neither Robby nor his Crew Chief or team were deliberately attempting to circumvent NASCAR rules. The mistake was discovered by NASCAR officials during the very first inspection prior to qualifying which was more than a week before the Daytona 500.

What part of the above paragraph do you not understand? It's not rocket science gents!!

Robby's team changed out all 11+ noses on all of the new Dodge cars and the three built specifically for Daytona overnight. The approved nose was on his car in time for qualifying.

Top teams and drivers have been stricken with similar fines for intentional reasons, but Robby's team earned an honest 8th place finish in the Daytona 500 through tireless dedication, quality, and character - not because of rule violations.

Your decision unfairly penalizes Robby, his sponsors and ALL NASCAR fans. It's pathetic to say the least..its unconscionable to say the most.

If your ruling stands I, as a 20+ year fan of NASCAR, will seriously consider giving up the sport I love. I can no longer tolerate your bs and bravado that is meted out unfairly and without one ounce of common sense.

Robby is a man of true character and talent. As the only driver/owner to finish in the top ten this past weekend, he shows his dedication to the sport.

I request..no, I demand you show your dedication to the sport by dropping this crap now. It needs to end here gents..or your going to lose even more fans than you already have with your asinine rules changes and penalties that are arbitrary to say the least. You might be making new fans..but they are only replacing the old fans like myself and others that are sick and tired of all the crap you mete out on a weekly basis.

Each of you need to rent a pair of balls and rescind your penalty now!

Sincerely,
Dusty ****
B**********, CA

You too can send this letter to Helton and the gang..send it to:

fanfeedback@NASCAR.com

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