NASCAR NEEDS TO BE CLEARER ON RULE ENFORCEMENT

NASCAR is on the defensive in recent days since Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team did not care for the maintenance of the car outside its box during the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, NC At a pit stop with a yellow flag in round 280.

How to upgrade your storage. Johnson pulled part of the way out of his box when he was asked by crew boss Chad Knaus to stop. Johnson back part of the way back to his box, but not completely, and a mother was replaced or put on the car. Although Johnson’s car outside the box was part of the way, he did not get the normal penalty of a round when he punched outside of his box.

Do I accuse NASCAR of favor or miss a call? No. However, some of the reasons that NASCAR has given for the no-call have not worked well with me in recent days.

Long story short, which has given reasoning NASCAR in defense of no-call, includes the tightening of the mother, which is the remedy of a security problem, the situation was the same as the whole year called, and the loss of time to go back and putting on the mother was penalty enough. In fact, NASCAR says it has labeled the rule the same way in recent years. really?!?

First, if NASCAR made the same call in similar situations throughout the season, why do we just notice it? After all, the race on Sunday was the 30th race of the season. And if this rule was quoted in the same way for a couple of seasons, there are 66 races that go back to the start of the 2016 season.

Plus, there’s the whole idea that Team # 48 will punish themselves with lost time and tighten their mothers. Sure, Johnson and Company have lost some time, but the normal punishment is a round. Johnson did not go down as a result, so the penalty was not of normal severity. Instead, he fell back from fourth to 15th place, before eventually finishing seventh.

I think the following statement by NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio is what bothered me the most about this whole situation:

“We did not mention it, so obviously they got the information, I do not know every single team on and off the pit lane knows we call it that, there are a lot of subtleties on and off boxing road, and if we do Trying to communicate everything we discuss in each of our meetings about Pit Road Officiating, it would probably swamp the teams with information, and they probably end up being more confused than they are now – does anyone know that we call it that? Potentially not. “

Miller may not have meant it that way, but I took that from his statement above: We do not want to bother teams with too much information. on rules, so we’ll just call it that way, and they’ll eventually find out. Is that really the way the sport’s rules should be tackled? I do not think so.

I get that NASCAR cannot anticipate every question and interpretation of the rule, but if the rule is really so called for a couple of years, I would think that the subject had come up in a driver meeting by now.

Miller also defended NASCAR claiming that obviously some teams knew the rule that Team No. 48 knew because Johnson did not return all the way back to his pits. um, I’m not so sure about that. My guess is that Team # 48 is just glad it was not beaten with a penalty and went the “I knew we did not do anything wrong” way to support NASCAR, to impose no penalty. Because if Team No. 48 knew it could put that mother in the car outside of its box, why did Knaus Johnson even get up?

I know that Knaus is a smart crew boss, but the fact that he seemed to be the only crew boss who fully understood the rule in Charlotte does not wash with me.

I also hear that after a similar incident at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon after he left a mother and back, this time completely, in the box to have this mother tightened, he learned from NASCAR that he was Johnson did not have to have comp again. in this situation again in the box box. Why were only Knaus told and not the rest of the drivers and crew chiefs at the next driver meeting?

During the live TRANSFER of the race, Steve Letarte (a former Hendrick Motorsports crew chief) and Kyle Petty defended nASCAR’s no-call, eventually blaming other teams for not understanding the rule. At first, however, as the pit stop came in, Letarte pointed to the No. 48 miscue, which indicated that they would pay a NASCAR penalty. It was as if he changed his attitude to the non-punishment.

Again, I do not blame NASCAR for the preference or lack of the call. Instead, I think the sanction could provide a better explanation. Either take this or a more serious stance to inform teams across the board about the peculiarities of rules that come into play as often as maintenance outside of boxes. The attitude “We will do it this way, and you’ll just figure it out” attitude just does not go well with me.