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Not wearing gloves draws potential fine from NASCAR

Ryan Blaney is all about the throwback look this weekend at Darlington. Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR/Getty Images

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Ryan Blaney might have gone just a little bit too far in getting into the throwback spirit of the Darlington Raceway weekend.

Blaney, driving a car that carries a paint scheme reminiscent of the 1976 paint scheme David Pearson drove for the Wood Brothers, went out for practice Saturday morning with no gloves.

Now NASCAR has to decide whether to slap him on the wrist -- his bare wrist.

Officials noticed Blaney's infraction after his second run and ordered the 2016 Wood Brothers driver to come back to the garage for gloves.

If NASCAR follows its rule book to the letter of the law, Blaney faces a fine "of up to $1,000" for a P1 safety infraction.

Now if NASCAR wants to be nice to a driver just getting into the spirit of it all, it wouldn't fine Blaney one cent.

But if NASCAR feels it has to do something -- and if the organization showed a rare sense of humor -- it should fine him $234.65, the value of $1,000 today when adjusted for inflation in 1976.

The 22-year-old Blaney had no clue he could get fined for going out on the track without gloves.

"I wanted to go out there with no gloves," Blaney said. "They didn't have gloves in the '70s, you know? They didn't wear them. ... I've never done it before. I've never gone out with no gloves before.

"I thought it was appropriate to go do it just for the weekend."

NASCAR didn't mandate gloves, shoes or fire-retardant suits until after a safety evaluation following the death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500.

Blaney said he planned to do it just for the first couple of runs.

"I was going to eventually put them on, but my hands kind of get sweaty," Blaney said. "But I thought for the first couple of runs, it was pretty cool to do.

"It felt weird when I put the gloves back on. It just felt like I had huge hands. It wasn't bad [without them]."

Before practice, Blaney also had a pair of old-style loafers. He did change to driving shoes, not because it was a rule but out of necessity.

"I knew I couldn't make a lap in them things -- they'd slide off my feet," Blaney said. "They said Pearson used to drive in those. I don't know how he did that."