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Teams likely to measure timing lines on pit road more carefully this week

By admin | June 14, 2012

By Richard Allen

 

Last Sunday in Pocono a total of twenty-two pit road speeding violations were called by NASCAR during the running of the Sprint Cup race. That was the most such penalties ever handed down by the sanctioning body for one race.

Part of the problem came from the fact that the track had been repaved since the last visit there by NASCAR and the timing loops used to monitor pit road speeds had been changed slightly to accommodate the resurfacing of both the track and pit road. This week in Michigan, teams will again be faced with a track that has been newly resurfaced. That could very well mean that those timing lines might have been altered slightly during the process.

While much of the focus this weekend will be on the ultra fast speeds being achieved on the track itself, the winning or losing of this race could easily be determined by the speed drivers reach on pit road. Often times, passing on the track, especially one that has been newly repaved, is difficult. So, passing in the pits can often gain spots not attainable on the track. Squeezing every possible inch out of the distance covered on pit road is crucial, but violations can be costly, particularly if they are called late in the event or during green flag pit stops.

It is very much unlike teams such as Hendrick Motorsports’ crew chiefs Chad Knaus and Alan Gustafson to get caught leaving any stone unturned but both of their drivers were nabbed for being too fast in the wrong place in Pocono. The same can be said of Penske Racing and driver Brad Keselowski and Richard Childress Racing’s Kevin Harvick, who were also busted.

It is likely a very safe bet that those who were penalized last week, as well as those who were not, will be spending a bit of extra time in Michigan making sure they know exactly where those timing loops are on pit road.

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