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Riding High, Not Afraid to Die: Double-File Restarts at Pocono?

DOVER, DE - MAY 31:  David Reutimann, driver of the #00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #9 Budweiser Dodge, lead the field to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
David PhillipsAnalyst IJune 2, 2009

No offense to anyone in the title, I know from Kelly's article some people find the statement offensive and some think nothing of it.

OK, on to the story. NASCAR distributed proposals to crew chiefs regarding possible procedures for double-file restarts which could be introduced as early as Pocono Raceway this weekend.

The proposal states all starts will be double-file. The race leader will have his choice of which lane to use for the restart. The third-place car will always start in the inside lane.

There will be no changes in the free pass or "lucky dog," and cars that are one lap down can choose not to pit, therefore regaining a lap during a caution.

The new rule appears to be a work in progress, but Pocono is a 2.5-miler with plenty of space and opportunity to figure it out.

OK, now questions have arose regarding this issue, at Pocono this weekend. At Daytona, Talladega, and Charlotte, there would be no problem with the situation, but at tracks like Martinsville, Bristol, and even Dover if you start one lap down and you start at the back of the pack, in 25 laps you would go yet another lap down.

I have been up and down on this proposal, I'm looking for NASCAR to tweak the situation, maybe the last 50 or 20 laps have the double-file restarts, I look for them to try it at big super speedway like say Pocono.

We will have to wait and see what happens so far it is just a proposal nothing is official as of yet.

News source: Fox Sports


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