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NASCAR finally changed a rule that drivers say made the sport look dumb Chris Graythen/Getty Images
LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 23: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, sits in his car on pit road after incurring a full practice penalty for failing pre-qualifying tech inspection 4 times for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 23, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Last September, Joey Logano was forced to miss practice because his car failed a qualifying inspection. NASCAR officials made Logano sit on pit road in his car with his helmet on and engine off, and he couldn’t even have his phone.

Logano compared the incident to being in “time out,” and he was understandably frustrated with the rule.

“I just think it makes our sport look dumb,” Logano said at the time. “I do. Like I said, it’s kind of a joke. I don’t get it, personally. I think we can accomplish the same thing in a more professional manner.”

Now, NASCAR has amended the rule according to ESPN’s Bob Pockrass, so Logano can rest easy heading into the upcoming season.

Related: A furious Joey Logano rips NASCAR for pit road penalty: “It just makes our sport look dumb”

The rule didn’t make much sense to begin with, and it’s a good sign for the sport that officials were able to realize how little it made sense.

Now, if a driver is penalized, he will serve his penalty in the garage at the end of practice. Hopefully they can have their helmet off and have their phone on them, but we might have to wait and see on that one (we’re kidding, but seriously… you never know with NASCAR).

The previous rule was embarrassing for drivers and even more embarrassing for the sport, so everyone wins now that they have amended the rule.

Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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