A final round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunday at the Talladega Superspeedway was too early and unfortunately ended with a race that would otherwise have been pretty good. But while cameras were on a huge wreck on the back, the reason for the caution was a piece of rubble, was elsewhere.
It may not sound like much, but it was – and it shows some of the finer points of a final round call on a wreck-laden track like Talladega.
The wreck of the last lap was not ideal for a good finish or the drivers involved. It increased the likelihood of caution as Kyle Larson's car slid down the inside of the track and ended the race before there could actually be a race for victory. The caution came to the fore, but not for the wreckage.
Instead, was a stopped wagon and rubble on the front straight – obstacles that were not in front of the camera, but would be a problem for a field coming towards them. NASCAR's chief racing officer, Steve O & Donnell, said even without the massive crash, caution would have come. He also explained the decision process and the events that led to caution about NASCAR.com: "SiewollendassdasRennensogutwiemöglichläuftunddasbeginntfastmit (20Autos (spinning) of (Erik Jones) (turning) in (Turns) 3und4WerfenSiedieseVorsichtoderhaltenSieundsehenobdasAutoabrollenkann WenneraufderSchürzefestgefahrenistkommtdieseVorsichtnatürlichherausaberwirhabengesehendasserlosfahrenkonnteDasistsoeineArtPhilosophieindenletztenRunden
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NASCAR has on or near the final lap a race-finishing procedure for warnings, and they are important on" plate "pistes like Talladega, which are the carnage at the end of a race Due to the nature of the track is common of pack races. Basically, if the drivers cross the finish line for the last lap, the next flag ends, yellow, red or squared. If a warning comes out beforehand, there will be overtime. Let's save this discussion for another day.
Before the last round, there were a few incidents for which NASCAR had decided not to give any warnings, as O & Donnell mentioned, but the wreck came after the white flag – making the warning even more difficult. The wreckage was behind the field, apart from the 2.66-mile collisions (19459004) but Larson was in the air, increasing the likelihood that security teams would arrive there earlier. (Larson was fine afterwards.)
On the other hand, the rubble was on the dirt road and forced the appeal.
NASCAR.com has not quoted Donnell as saying what the officials would have done if there was no debris during the wreckage the front straight, but if anything, the decision would probably have taken a few seconds longer. It would also have decided the outcome of the race – an orderly line that reaches the checkered flag with caution, or a pack battling for victory at 200 mph.
There's always a chance that every race will be green and off I do not have to choose between a good finish and the use of safety teams, but of course it does not always work the same way if you try to try those tracks again.
It's a complicated decision to make something faster than another over another.