Ya gotta wanna
- May 19, 2013
If the yellow was shown as soon as the tire was in the infield, it would make more sense. It would have been no different than a wreck on the track in the middle of green flag stops. Nobody bats an eye at that because it is apart of racing.I mean, that happens all the time though. There's been plenty of cautions during the middle of a green flag pit cycle and no one complained before. But now we're in this spot where we're supposed to hold two conflicting thoughts in our head. 1) Tyler Reddick's crew can't simply go out and retrieve the tire because what if they get hit? They can't leave the tire out there because what if a car hit the tire and it hits someone else? 2) NASCAR was right to let the lead lap cars pit cycle through so it'd be fair.
Like, if it was a safety issue as laid out in #1, then the caution should've come out immediately, regardless of the pit cycle. If it wasn't a safety issue and NASCAR felt like the tire was fine until the pit cycle was done, then they should've let Tyler Reddick's crew run out and get the tire. NASCAR could've easily close down pit row to allow the tire to be retrieved. The whole thing would've taken 10 seconds.
What NASCAR basically did today was decide whose pit strategies would work and whose wouldn’t.