How Much Junk In the Trunk Do You Need To Get a Caution In Nascar?

BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 16:  Mark Martin, driver of the #5 Kellogg's / CARQUEST Chevrolet, leads the field on a restart after a rain delay during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 16, 2009 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IAugust 17, 2009

A baseball umpire is always hearing, “are you blind” when he makes a bad call.

In NASCAR, it is a little harder to figure out if it was a missed call or if it was just the turn of a blind eye. After all, they are judgment calls.

So, a fan can only try to understand the rules by remembering how the past races' calls were made. Agree?

Let's talk about debris on the track. I’ve seen cautions just to pick up the tail of a squirrel, a little piece of metal, or maybe even a gum wrapper if Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs one.

Sunday at Michigan, Kasey Kahne hit Juan Pablo Montoya’s wheels with his splitter and flattened his tire.

Luckily, he got out of traffic with no problem, but after Montoya cleared the cars, you could clearly see chunks of rubber. Big chunks coming off the tire! Furthermore, he broke a brake line.

Now, maybe NASCAR cars are different, but I do know that if you rupture a brake line, something called brake fluid spills all over the ground. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Yet there was no caution.

Let me say it again: There were chunks of rubber on the track and possibly brake fluid on the track, the cars are coming off the corners into about 200 mph stretch, and no caution!

I don’t get it, do you?

Oh well! there is no reason to try to figure out why NASCAR is not consistent on their calls. After all, they’re probably retired baseball umpires doing it as a side job.

Or maybe not. Maybe they're just blind period! Or Earnhardt Jr. did not need a caution.

Oh, pipe down, I’m just kidding!

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