TALLADEGA, Ala. — Tony Stewart said Friday that he still doesn't understand his fine.
NASCAR docked him $35,000 last week for criticizing the series about safety surrounding lug nuts.
"I'm still wondering why I'm paying a $35,000 fine for something that got changed three days later," Stewart said.
NASCAR last season stopped policing how many lug nuts teams were using while changing tires on pit stops and many crews started using less than the standard five. It led to a rash of loose wheels, and several drivers and crew chiefs were critical of the safety aspects.
Then Stewart spoke up. He was the only one fined.
Monday, NASCAR said it will check tires before and after the race for all five lug nuts.
"I hope this doesn't discourage drivers for standing up for what they believe and what they think is right for everybody," he said.
Stewart only plans to race in Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway until the first caution flag, then give his seat up to Ty Dillon. The idea is to help Stewart avoid hurting his back again at a track notorious for multi-car accidents at high speeds.
IndyCar: Organizers are scrapping plans for a Boston street race. John Casey, president of the Grand Prix of Boston, told the Boston Globe on Friday that the relationship between promoters and the city isn't working. The inaugural race was scheduled Sept. 4 in the city's Seaport District.
NHRA: Steve Torrence led Top Fuel qualifying at the SpringNationals in Baytown, Texas. Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also had top times.