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(Yahoo)   Robby Gordon fined $15,000, docked 50 points, and placed on probation for throwing piece of his roll bar padding onto track to cause caution at Atlanta Motor Speedway   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 17
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2006-11-02 09:04:40 AM
Why would a little piece of padding cause a caution? You'd think a race car could just roll over it.
 
2006-11-02 09:09:31 AM
Pocket Ninja: You'd think a race car could just roll over it.

They see something on the track and they wave the flag. Even after the TV cameras zoom in and show it's a piece of foam. Nascar loves their cautions to bring the field together. I'm surprised they are doing anything - this is done a couple of dozen times a year.
 
2006-11-02 09:12:43 AM
Is there an "OBVIOUS DUMBASS" tag?

And while we're at it why isn't there a "TRAILER TRASH" tag. That would work here, no?
 
2006-11-02 09:12:57 AM
outside of any reasonable precedence set by NASCAR

Main Entry: pre·ce·dence
Pronunciation: 'pre-s&-d&n(t)s, pri-'sE-d&n(t)s
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1 a obsolete : ANTECEDENT b : the fact of preceding in time
2 a : the right to superior honor on a ceremonial or formal occasion b : the order of ceremonial or formal preference c : priority of importance
 
2006-11-02 09:13:51 AM
Pocket Ninja: Why would a little piece of padding cause a caution?

Because, you simply can't tell what it is in the timeframe that is necessary. When something is spotted on the track...unless it is blowing around in the wind, a caution is automatically called. You'd be suprised what a 2 lb piece of brake rotor will do to a car traveling 200 mph.
 
2006-11-02 09:14:02 AM
Eat More Possum: I'm surprised they are doing anything - this is done a couple of dozen times a year.

That's the problem. It has reached the point where teams are suspected of having a piece that they can easily remove and toss onto the track if they're desperate for a caution. Kill it now before it becomes an acceptable practice.
 
2006-11-02 10:02:04 AM
Why would a little piece of padding cause a caution? You'd think a race car could just roll over it.

Rollbar padding looks a lot like a length of exhaust pipe, expecially the black padding that baja boy threw out.

Nascar has been burned both ways in the past. They throw a debris caution for what looks like a piece of metal, and it turns out it's a piece of trash. Or they decide something is just a chunk of rubber and it turns out to be a big hunk o' tire slicing metal. And it doesn't hurt that it's a great way to break up a long boring run.
 
2006-11-02 10:05:31 AM
Bonkthat_Again

They aren't worried what that 2 lb piece of metal would do to a car, they're worried what 2 lbs of metal would do if it was kicked up into the stands by a car moving 200 mph.

/make the fences solid to protect the fans
//If all the cars are still moving, there's no caution
///debris makes for a nice obstacle course
 
2006-11-02 10:44:59 AM
peter_puck


Is there an "OBVIOUS DUMBASS" tag?

And while we're at it why isn't there a "TRAILER TRASH" tag. That would work here, no?


NO.
I guarentee this guy makes more money then you do so I highly doubt he lives in a trailer. He may stay in a bus when he is on the road but I guarentee its one biatchin bus.
 
2006-11-02 10:57:06 AM
"make the fences solid to protect the fans"
As long as they hand out x-ray glasses, I'm ok with that.
/safety first!
 
2006-11-02 10:58:35 AM
Correct me if I am wrong, but I remember reading a story a few years ago about one of the practice sessions.

A driver reported over his radio that there was debris on the track. NASCAR didn't believe him until he informed them that the piece of metal was now in his drivers area. It had flown through either the front of his car or maybe got sucked up underneath and got embedded into the driver area. Imagine that at 170mph.
 
2006-11-02 11:10:57 AM
mahughe

You're pretty much spot on there. The nutjobs can scream all they want about nascar throwing debris cautions that just so happen to give popular drivers a lap back (even though Sterling Marlin is the lucky dog king of the hill this year, with 10 free passes. Gordon has 5, Jr. has 4, Robbie Gordon has 8, and the highest "in the chase" number is Denny Hamlin, also with 8) but some of the stuff that gets kicked up is f'ing dangerous.

NASCAR has never been real big on safety, but at least they try and get it right on debris cautions.
 
2006-11-02 11:56:45 AM
whiney rich kids with anger management problems, yay.
 
2006-11-02 01:44:43 PM
Settle down, fatboy.
 
2006-11-02 02:47:29 PM
Woulda been better if he tossed out a Jim Beam bottle.
 
2006-11-02 07:14:46 PM
Good for NASCAR!! How DARE anyone other than a NASCAR official manufacture a caution to benefit a particular driver or even alter the finishing order? Outrage!
 
2006-11-02 10:01:13 PM
I agree with Burton, dock RG 185 points, fine him $50k.

Stuff like this takes away from the sport, it's like a soccer player taking a dive, getting a PK and winning the game cuz of it.

On another note - CAUTIONS SUCK! forget bringing the field back together, I LOVE GREEN FLAG RUNS and nothing is better watching the whole field pit under green.

I love NASCAR, but it can learn a few things from F1.
 
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