You Make The Call

@mfpsassy (2827)
United States
March 25, 2007 12:04am CST
As we already know NASCAR chages the rules as they deem fit. In the Bucsh race today they did it again. They threw a caution and radioed down that the pits were open. Well the pit light didn't change so some cars pitted and some didn't. NASCAR decided to line all the cars up they way they were when the caution flew and of course cotraversy ensued. So do think NASCAR made the right call?
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@ycswid (279)
• Canada
28 Mar 07
It was an interesting twist that quick rule change. I thought it was very unfair that cars came back in and had extra long pit stops since they were guaranteed a certain place in line. I think the proper thing would have been for them to line them up as they were before the caution and then send those that pitted or wanted to pit back down pit row for at least the time they had taken previously (for those that did pit already) and then let them come out in the order from the pits. I felt it really hurt those that decided not to pit for strategy and of course those that did pit were not penalized at all. Interestingly when questioned at the Nextel drivers meeting, the next day, NASCAR said the light is the final judgment. They didn't even back up what they had done in the Busch race the day before. That certainly shows the lack of consistency.
@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
28 Mar 07
I don't get that either why is it okay one day and not the next and why the rules seem to change week to week. And they wonder why the drivers and teams get confused. May be they should have lined them up according to their pit times. That would have detered anyone from taking an extra long stop and would have helped the guys who were going to stay out for pit position.
@lisagayle (395)
• United States
28 Mar 07
That was just wrong, I think that if anything should have been done, it should have been something like whoever pitted while the red light was still on, should have been made to go back down pit road to thier pits, stop for the amount of time that it took them to do thier pit stop and then be released, I felt that it forced a penelty on the other drivers, the ones that needed to pit, but did not because the red light was still on, and then they all lined up in the same order as they were in before the caution, half the race at least is the pit crews doing a good job. So there was no true race off pit road. It wass a bunch of Bull.
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@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
28 Mar 07
They did let the other cars pit, but I'm not sure I totally agree with their call either I have seen a lot of drivers get penalized for the same thing. We will have to see if they come up with a remedy for that this weekend. I like your idea though it does seem like that would make it more fair.
• United States
27 Mar 07
I think in overall fairness NASCAR made the right call. But, you can't tell me that they can radio to the crew chiefs that pit road is open and the officials don't get that message? Come on. I LOVE NASCAR, but I am getting fed up already. With the new car of tomorrow coming in after the season started, Dale Jarrett taking so many champions provisionals, rules changing every week. Let's get real.
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@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Supposedly there was a malfuntion with the light. I think D.J. only has one more provisional left then he'll have to race his way in like everyone else and then Bill Elliot or Terry Lobante could race some more. As for the COT's I'm not sure about them yet. I'm curious why they decide to debut them at the short tracks. I agree it's time for NASCAR to get real Welcome to Mylot Hope you enjoy yourself
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Until NASCAR has a snactioning body that also consists of some owners/drivers I feel there will always be controversy. Get with the program NASCAR
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@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
25 Mar 07
They have got to do something I realize there will always be someone who is unhappy. Lately it seems they are changing or making up the rules as the go Have a good day Grandpa Bob