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Bubba Wallace's 'punished' spotter points out NASCAR's inconsistency after questionable Truck Series decision

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Penalties in NASCAR can be brutal these days, but sometimes race officials can be inconsistent when awarding penalties. That's exactly what happened Friday at the NASCAR Truck Series race at Martinsville with Ty Dillon and Layne Riggs. Dillon received a penalty for changing lanes early before a late restart, but when Riggs did the same, race control was nowhere to be found. Dillon's spotter Freddie Kraft had absolutely nothing left of it after the race ended.

Veteran spotter criticizes NASCAR's confusing rulings at Martinsville truck race

Kraft is also the spotter for Bubba Wallace in the NASCAR Cup Series, so he's no amateur. He's a veteran of the sport and when someone of his stature calls out something in NASCAR, people usually listen. On a recent episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast, the spotter made his opinion clear about NASCAR's glaring inconsistencies when awarding penalties.

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“I thought it was funny that Ty got a penalty for changing lanes too early late in the race when we were 10th, and that was a real penalty. We couldn't help but get penalties, we tried to collect them for later. I don't have a problem with them punishing us because what we did was wrong, but then I watch a video and the number 38… and you know when you have a long line there are a lot of penalty cars a long queue that is not covered. Like there’s the bottom line…so there are seven or eight trucks lined up downstairs with no one outside of them.” he said.

“So from 4 they come to green, I always tell my husband, “I know it's very tempting, no one is out there, but make sure you stay in line until the start/finish line.” Once from 4 I see the number 38 come straight out, jump up, immediately pass three trucks in front and I think, “Okay, no penalty for changing lanes over there.” Then I see another guy doing basically the exact same thing like Ty. There are other people who do it… I don't mind if you impose punishments, but if you impose it on one, you better impose it on all.” added the veteran spotter.

Freddie Kraft appeared to be in high spirits on the latest episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast as he took aim at JR Motorsports racer Sam Mayer for his post-race comments after finishing second in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville had occupied space.

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Sam Mayer's post-race comments were quashed by Bubba Wallace's insider

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Mayer believes he should have won the race, but was hampered by Joe Gibbs Racing driver Chandler Smith, who hit him on the final restart. The JR Motorsports man said that when he's fighting for victory, it's always a JGR car that ruins his chances. Kraft dismissed the youngster's claims, saying it was all just part of the short-track racing at Martinsville. The young driver has to get used to this.

“I have news for Sam. They don't pick on him because they knocked each other out too. He wasn't a lone wolf. This is short track racing. It's all about this. Of course it sucks for Sam, but for the boys it was just brutal up there. We've seen Sam fight on pit road before, so it's not like he's been an angel in the past… it's just part of the game.” he said.

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Overall, it was a good weekend for Kraft as spotter, as his lead driver, Bubba Wallace, finished in a fantastic fourth place. He wishes Ty Dillon had done something similar in the Truck Series, but there's always the next race to try to make amends.

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