Tuesday, April 1, 2008 | 8:40 a.m.
Dale Jr. was right on the money this week regarding the missing sway bar controversy when he said, “If that (sway bar theft) happened, whoever did it ought not to have a hard card (NASCAR annual Credential) anymore … If anyone steals anything off my pit stall, he doesn’t deserve to be in the garage …”
I can think of three possible scenarios on how Partgate came to be:
1. Someone from Michael Waltrip Racing mistakenly picked up the part in the garage area and it was returned to Jack Roush once everyone realized what had happened.
2. Someone from Michael Waltrip Racing mistakenly picked up the part in the garage area and later realized what they had and decided to learn what they could from the part.
3. Someone from Michael Waltrip Racing stole the part in the garage area and planned on keeping it.
Assume for a minute that the sway bar was stolen. This would constitute a crime. Copying a team’s idea that has been observed in the garage area is part of the competitive nature of the sport, but to physically take a part is stealing. NASCAR should investigate to determine what the facts are. So far NASCAR has stated that the teams should work this out among themselves. If your neighbor stole your car and you called the police, do you think the police would say you should work it out among yourselves?