Jimmie Johnson’s “Cr*p” $10,000 fine was widely mocked once amid the tricky NASCAR Sponsorship Rules

Jimmie Johnson and his massive success, back in the day, put a target on his back. Everyone tried to heal him as he ran towards victory lane. With all eyes on him, the driver once debated circling a large fine imposed on him by NASCAR. However, many still debate whether the fine is fair.

So what really happened?

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 07: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 07, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

After the Cup Series race at Pocono, in 2004, NASCAR issued a $10,000 fine to the driver of the #48 car. His crime? Well, Johnson, being a Gatorade athlete, blocked the bottle of Powerade, over his car in victory lane. However, Powerade sponsors NASCAR, and the two energy drink brands are direct competitors.


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Of course, this did not go well with NASCAR, as they were paying Johnson a fortune. Following this, the debate was whether it was fair or not, as people brought up their points.

“Until NASCAR looks at its competitors and says ‘our contractual obligations and relationships with our sponsors are more important’. And that’s bullshit.”

Another person added, “I don’t think it’s right to put a driver in that position.” To which a fellow reporter replied, “They put everybody in that position. They do it in countless places, countless times. They’re selling the same thing to two different companies and they expect to deal with it.”

This really brings a lot of eyeballs to NASCAR and their judgment of penalties. Now, we’ll let you decide if it’s fair or not. Let us know in the comments.

Jimmie Johnson Wasn’t the Only One to Blame

Jimmie may not have been fair to the NASCAR sponsor. But he is not the only one to blame. In fact, in that very video, we see a NASCAR official, Dave Finley, who is a partner in crime with Johnson.


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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – JANUARY 29: Jimmie Johnson driver of the #48 Ally Cadillac Racing Cadillac DPi, looks on before the start of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 29, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Journalists also pointed this out.

“We see the sign that fell off that car. Dave Finley took that sign up and put it back there. He’s at fault too.”


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In the end, it may not be the fairest fine NASCAR has ever levied on a driver. NASCAR could fine Johnson to set an example for other drivers. However, what do you think?

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