By admin | March 10, 2009
By Richard Allen
Surely by now youâ€™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 crewmanâ€™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. â€œI told my mom I would be on TV.â€
2. â€œMan, when I got this job they said Iâ€™d be close to the action but this is ridiculous!â€
3. â€œIâ€™ve got to get that tire! They make great coffee tables!â€
4. â€œHas anyone seen a Titleist #2? I sliced my drive over this way somewhere.â€
5. â€œIâ€™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 Iâ€™m sure theyâ€™ll find some way to get a concert in.â€
6. â€œI need a cigarette and they wonâ€™t let me smoke in the pits so I think Iâ€™ll go out here.â€
7. â€œThat guy on Kurt Buschâ€™s crew just double-dog dared me. I had to do it.â€
8. â€œI think I went to high school with that guy sitting on the front row. Iâ€™m gonna go say hello.â€
9. â€œHey! There goes Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and that other guy who does the NAPA commercials. Iâ€™m gonna go see if I can get their autographs!â€
10. â€œHere Digger, Digger, Digger.â€
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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