Interesting Observations from
the Brick Yard...
August 9, 1999 - by Gary Harris LUG NUTS and LOOSE TIRES!
Why didn't we hear about the lug nuts on (or off) of Jeff Burton's left front tire?
Originally the crew had planned on a four tire pit stop but when Burton saw the other
leaders only taking on two he changed his mind a left the pits after only right side tires
were changed. However, it appeared from the TV camera view that the tire changer for the
99 car had removed at least two lug nuts on the left front tire before Burton left the
pits. Where was NASCAR's lug nut police. A camera shot of the left side of Burton's car
after the race would have let us know for sure. And since there was such a good shot of
this on TV and a NASCAR official standing right there why was Burton not called back in
the pits? Also the loose tire from Burton's car rolling across pit road damaged
Earnhardt's car and his chance for a top-five finish. Doesn't NASCAR usually assess
penalties for loose tires rolling across pit road? They do in the Busch Series. Benny
Parsons addresses this in a on line chat session, click on Is
this NASCAR's Official position?
CAUTION FLAG WITH 20 TO GO
Another thing, from the pit road reports with about 23 laps to go only three of the lead
cars, Bobby Labonte #18, Tony Stewart #20 and Dale Earnhardt #3, had enough fuel to make
it to the end of the race without pitting for fuel. It seemed NASCAR was pretty quick to
throw a caution flag when Dave Marcis' engine blew with 20 laps to go. In comparison, in
the Friday night the Busch race there were several occasions when a car went spinning out
of control yet no cautions were thrown as the cars got down out of the way and once under
control resumed the race. Immediately when Marcis blew the engine he got down on the apron
and even on the grass to stay clear of traffic and then exited the race track going
straight to the garage. Was NASCAR too quick with the caution or did they just not want
the race to be a fuel battle? hummm...
BLVD in Pittsboro?
It was interesting to note that in the week prior to the Brick Yard that the people of
Pittsboro, Indiana named a street after Jeff Gordon. It was just about six weeks prior to
this at Sears Point Raceway, on June 24, 1999, that the Press Democrat Sports Editor
wrote....."Jeff Gordon's home is listed in the NASCAR Winston Cup media guide as
Pittsboro, Ind. Gordon begs to differ by about 2,500 miles. "Vallejo
is my home," he says. "I know I've lived a long time in Indiana, but
Vallejo is my home," Gordon said. "I was born and raised here and it's great to
win in front of home fans and friends at a track that had been a really tough one for us.
It makes it a great victory."' (click here for the full article)
Sounds like a PR problem to me!
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