Champ Claims NASCAR is Rigged
Officials throw bogus caution flags to shape races, Stewart says
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2007 7:56 AM CDT
Tony Stewart   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Two-time champion Tony Stewart charges that NASCAR is rigged like pro wrestling. He said officials control races by throwing bogus caution flags for debris on the track. “They can almost dictate the race instead of the drivers doing it. It’s happened too many times this year," said Stewart on his Sirius Satellite Radio radio show.

The radio appearance was Stewart's first since he lost a race to Jeff Gordon on Saturday and skipped the post-race press conference. Stewart dominated the race until a late exchange of leads he says was caused by four caution flags. "I don’t know that they’ve run a fair race all year."