NASCAR defended its handling of a 29-lap caution with less than 150 laps to go in Sunday’s race at Martinsville won by Jimmie Johnson.
The caution came out after Carl Edwards hit the wall during green flag pit stops, which are incredibly rare at the half-mile track. When Edwards hit the wall, NASCAR had to sort out a complicated scoring order that included drivers who had already made pit stops and those that hadn’t.
Cautions during green-flag pit stop sequences happen on occasion, so NASCAR is used to sorting out scoring in these types of instances. But it was, as Jeff Gordon said, “kind of a disaster” at Martinsville and took nearly 30 laps to sort out between laps 358 and 386 of the 500-lap race.
“We took our time and we want to get it right,” Sprint Cup Series managing director Richard Buck said. “We know what the stakes are and we felt we got it right.”Read More »from NASCAR says it got race lineup correct during 29-lap caution at Martinsville