Controversy rages in disjointed race

The art of passing became an act of controversy in Saturday night's IRL IndyCar Series race at Nashville Superspeedway

Controversy rages in disjointed race

Pinched by a narrow racing groove, one another and officials, IRL drivers complained about all of the above following the Firestone Indy 200 on the 1.33-mile concrete oval.

Scott Sharp was black-flagged and served a drive-through penalty for allegedly blocking Sam Hornish Jr. Tomas Scheckter was sent to the tail for speeding on pit lane. At one point, IRL officials warned A.J. Foyt IV to get out of the way and speed up. In all, it was not an aesthetically pleasing performance.

Buddy Lazier wrecked twice in the late laps while trying to go all out, leaving Scheckter angry at Lazier and Tora Takagi and the IRL for a 10th-place finish.

"Sometimes the rules have been a little lenient," Scheckter said of the pit violation. "When there's a whole bunch of cars in front of you and then say there's a backmarker that doesn't come in to the pits, you try to catch the leaders in the little bit of space you have before pit speed comes on. Sometimes you push it, but you're not really over speed."

Sharp also disagreed with his penalty, which assisted his slide from the lead to a 13th-place finish. "All in all, it's a real shame about the penalty," Sharp said. "I don't think it was deserved."

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