> NASCAR freezes the field at the moment the caution waves. They now
> have scoring loops at multiple places around the track (not just at
> start-finish) to aid in doing this.
> The first car one lap down AT THAT MOMENT gets the free pass.
> Where the confusion came on Saturday is whether the Pardoned car
> lines up for the restart as (a) the last car on the lead lap, or (b)
> the tail end of the longest line.
> If (a), then in Saturday's Busch race, the Pardoned car should have
> lined up right in front of the leader, behind all the tail end of the
> lead lap cars stuck behind the pace car. After Saturday's confusion,
> NASCAR held several meetings, and agreed on (b).
> The Free Pass car goes to the end of the longest line for the
> restart. His position is not affected by cars that pit during the
> caution or choose not to pit.
But you see, Mike, that doesn't work either because if the driver gets his
lap back the old way, by racing back to the line, he starts at the end of
the lead lap car line or at a minimum behind the car in front of him in the
running order. e.g. as the last car on the lead lap he's 10th and lined up
behind the 9th position car. If the 7,8, and 9th position cars then pit and
he doesn't he becomes the 7th place car.
As I understand option B, he would always remain 10th while everyone else in
front of him pits. That's not right. If they are going to let him pass the
pace car and put him back on the lead lap then he should have the advantages
he had when they used to race back to the line.
IMO, if NASCAR continues with this rule (freezing the field) they need to
freeze (close) the pits until the have the field lined up in frozen order
including the placement of the pardoned car, and then open the pits. The
running order is then determined based on who pits and who doesn't and who
gets out of the pits first. This most closely represents the running order
changes that could have occurred prior to the new yellow flag rules.
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