NASCAR Statement Regarding Inadvertent Caution During NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race After further review, officials of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today verified the caution lights were ...
NASCAR Statement Regarding Inadvertent Caution During NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race
After further review, officials of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today verified the caution lights were unintentionally illuminated momentarily on Lap 130 of Friday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
NASCAR officials were not aware of the caution lights being triggered briefly on Friday evening as well as the following day based on the available data, including videotape footage, which was reviewed.
NASCAR officials did not have confirmation that such an incident occurred during the 134-lap race until reviewing in-car camera footage that became available Monday. The additional footage did confirm the caution lights flashed momentarily.
Officials at NASCAR have concluded the switch that controls the caution lights in the flagman's stand was momentarily triggered.
NASCAR officials spoke with driver Carl Edwards, team owner Jack Roush and crew chief Kevin Starland to apologize for the mistake.
"We made a mistake on this one," NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Director Wayne Auton said. "It is regrettable, and we're doing everything we can to make sure this doesn't happen again. We apologize to Carl Edwards and everyone associated with the No. 99 Superchips Ford, including their fans."
NASCAR officials also confirmed with Edwards and Roush officials that changes can not be made to the official race results in this instance. Even with the discovery of the footage that revealed the caution lights were momentarily illuminated, the official results can not be altered.