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NASCAR discourages negative talk

Updated: July 29, 2010, 8:52 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEWTON, Iowa -- NASCAR president Mike Helton insists he wants drivers to feel free to express themselves.

Helton just doesn't want anyone doing so in a way that could hurt the sport's image.

A report by The Associated Press earlier this week said that NASCAR has fined at least two of its top drivers this season for making critical comments about the circuit.

People familiar with the penalties told the AP the comments were considered disparaging to the sport. The people spoke ...

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