Today's entry will focus on the alleged collusion between David Gilliland (#38) and Joey Logano (#22) and how I think it is different from the actions taken by Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR.)
Quite simply, I view the 38/22 situation as two teams getting together and making a deal that was acceptable to both of them. This happens ALL the time. The only two teams involved, and the only two finishing positions affected were those of the 38 and 22. As long as this was acceptable to both, what's the problem?
There's a LOT of "this is our situation, can 'ya help us out" talk among teams and spotters each race, why would we expect this to be any different ?
MWR's actions were done independently and affected others outside of that team. That, in my opinion, is what made NASCAR deem those actions over-the-line and worthy of the penalties announced on Monday evening.
NASCAR has already taken a very unprecedented step this week by reacting to MWR's Richmond actions which have altered the Chase lineup after we thought it had been set on Saturday evening. I don't think it wants to do so again.