NASCAR Mailbag: Blocking in NASCAR

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NASCAR Mailbag: Blocking in NASCAR
By: Jim Utter
Co-author: Tim Southers
Oct 12, 2018, 4:36 PM

The Motorsport.com team answers your fan questions in this week's edition of the NASCAR Mailbag.

Members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame pose for a picture
Atmosphere at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Josh Williams, DGM Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Sleep Well / Bethel Glass & Shower Door, Cole Custer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation, Jeff Green, RSS Racing, Chevrolet Camaro RSS Racing crash on the front stretch.
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Lowe's for Pros Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Fusion Fifth Third Bank Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Fusion K-LOVE RADIO
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Fusion Fifth Third Bank Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Credit One Bank
Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's Caramel with the regular season champion trophy
The 16 Playoff drivers with the Monster Energy Cup Series Trophy
Lug nuts
Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion PPG, makes a pit stop

NASCAR Editor Jim Utter and NACAR PR Manager Tim Southers answer some questions sent in from fans throughout the world.

Why doesn't NASCAR have a Star's side walk, like, Hollywood does? - From Steven

Steven, NASCAR doesn't have a Star's sidewalk, but it does have a Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte, N.C. The Hall honors the sport's history and includes displays on each of the Hall inductees. Each year, the Hall inducts five new members. Also, many tracks have their own system of honoring drivers who have performed well at those tracks. How they are honored and displayed is unique to each individual track. - Jim Utter

What do you think of blocking? Why is it fair for drivers yo slow down and block for teammates, it is not allowed in IndyCar. I don't think it's right. - From Debra

Debra, blocking has long been a part of stock car racing. The general theory in support of it has traditionally been that if a competitor was fastest enough to get around you, they would. Particularly in NASCAR, drivers use various lines to get around tracks. Denying a competitor his favorite line - or using it to your advantage yourself - plays a large role in the close-quarters, hard racing NASCAR has been known for since its inception. And just because you can block, doesn't mean you have to, or that you may face consequences from a competitor who is none-too-pleased with the result. - Jim Utter

If for some bizarre reason the regular season champion has no wins, and there are 16 other winners. Does the regular-season champion still make the playoffs? Or would that driver need a win? - From Harry

Harry, the regular season champion receives an automatic bye into the playoffs. So, if there was a regular season champion with no wins and 16 other drivers with one win each, the driver lowest in points among the 16 wins would not make the cut for the playoffs. - Jim Utter

I have always wondered when they do pit stops and change tires and the lock (lug) nuts just fly around and bounce around wherever and then the drivers drive over them how do they not get stuck in the tires and how do they not get flat tires? - Thanks, Ashley

Ashley, thanks for your question. The lug nuts are not sharp so there is no risk of puncturing a tire during a pit stop, however, just last week Kevin Harvick suffered an issue during his pit stop when a lug nut damaged a valve stem forcing him to come back in the pits. This is the most recent time this has happened in a NASCAR Cup Series race. A crew member is more likely to suffer a bruise from a lug nut hitting them when the car leaves the pit box. - Tim Southers

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Series NASCAR , NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Author Jim Utter
Article type Special feature