And on the last caution knee during Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway prematurely, and, unfortunately, I ended the race that I would otherwise have been pretty good. But while the camera was on a huge wreck on the backstretch, prudence reason, a piece of debris, I was elsewhere.
This may not seem like much, but it was-and it shows some subtleties to make a warning call to the last lap on the sunken heavy track like Talladega.
last lap The collapse was not ideal for a good finish or drivers involved in it. He raised the likelihood of caution as Kyle Larson's car knocked down the inside track, the cessation of the race before it can actually be a struggle for the victory. Caution came out, too, but not to the core.
It was, instead, to I stopped the car and debris front straight obstacles that were not on camera, but it will be a challenge for the field of racing against them. development director of NASCAR racing, Steve-O & # 39; Donel said that even without a massive accident, caution would still have to go. He also explained the decision-making process and the events that led to the caution by NASCAR.COM:
"Our commitment to the fans to always, always finish under green," said O & # 39; Donel. "You want to play the race as much as we can, and that begins with almost (Erik Jones & # 39;) 20 car (spinning) going into (turn) 3 and 4. Do you throw that caution or do you wait and see if the car can roll? Of course, if he was stopped on the platform, that caution comes out, but we saw that he was able to drive away. Thus, it is a kind of our philosophy in the closing laps.
"When it comes to hitting the wall 17 and down the apron, then, that we look at it he has a chance to fire the car back and drive away or not, and there is something on the track? We're going 200 miles per hour, as fast look at it takes a few seconds. By the time that happens, cars 1 and 2 … his car does not roll back, we throw caution. This flag is careful about the exact time (Larson) incident began deployment on the backstretch as well. […]"
NASCAR has a race and finishing procedures for warnings or near the last lap, and they are important to the "plate" tracks like Talladega, where slaughter at the end of the race with a & # 39 is common due to the nature of the track racing pack. Rules, mainly in the fact that if drivers cross the start-finish line on the last lap, the next flag completes it, whether it be yellow, red or checkered. If the caution comes out before, there is overtime. Let's save that discussion for another day.
There have been several incidents until the last lap, that NASCAR decided not to throw caution as mentioned O & # 39; Donnell, but cooled down came after the white flag precautionary decisions more difficult challenge. The skeleton was behind the field, away from the collision 2.66 miles racetrack, but Larson was in the air, increase the likelihood that the safety of the crew have to get there earlier. (Larson was fine after that.)
Garbage, on the other hand, it was in the path fieldCausing the call.
NASCAR.com Sun quote about & # 39; Donel as saying that officials would do would not be debris on the front straight during the accident, but in any case, the decision is likely within a few seconds longer. It would also be decided the outcome of the race-ordered line taking the checkered flag with speed warned, or package to win races to 200 miles per hour.
There is always the possibility to authorize that each race end under green and not have to choose between a good finish and implement safety crews, but, of course, to try and once again attempts to track, as it does not always work so well, either.
This is one complicated decision against the other, in fact, one only has to be slightly faster than the other.