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What was that guy doing in the middle of the track?

By admin | March 10, 2009

By Richard Allen


Surely by now you’ve seen or heard about the pit crew member who chased after a stray tire and found himself a bit too close to the track in Atlanta. The crewman’s actions caused NASCAR to throw a caution right in the middle of green flag pit stops. The caution trapped a number of cars either one lap down or on the tail end of the lead lap.

What was that guy thinking? Well, here are some not so serious thoughts:

1. “I told my mom I would be on TV.”

2. “Man, when I got this job they said I’d be close to the action but this is ridiculous!”

3. “I’ve got to get that tire! They make great coffee tables!”

4. “Has anyone seen a Titleist #2? I sliced my drive over this way somewhere.”

5. “I’m going to go ahead and take my lawn chair out there and claim a good spot for the mid race concert. After all, this is a NASCAR race and I’m sure they’ll find some way to get a concert in.”

6. “I need a cigarette and they won’t let me smoke in the pits so I think I’ll go out here.”

7. “That guy on Kurt Busch’s crew just double-dog dared me. I had to do it.”

8. “I think I went to high school with that guy sitting on the front row. I’m gonna go say hello.”

9. “Hey! There goes Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and that other guy who does the NAPA commercials. I’m gonna go see if I can get their autographs!”

10. “Here Digger, Digger, Digger.”

This blog is meant to be in good fun. Of course, the crewman meant no harm and was just trying to do a good thing. NASCAR in its not so infinite wisdom has decided to suspend the man for four races.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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