NASCAR officials defend the caution flag that ended the Brickyard 400

Kasey Kahne won his first race in nearly three years at the Brickyard 400 after being declared the winner in overtime after a delayed caution to end the race.

NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell denied speculation that officials waited for Kahne to pass the overtime line before the caution flag was waved.

“What we have always said and we have always been consistent in is [that] we’re going to make every attempt to finish the race under green and to do that you have to see what happens with an incident,” O’Donnell said. “Once we decided to throw the caution, when we wanted to dispatch emergency equipment, we also knew that there was oil on the race track.

“We threw the caution and ultimately that’s the end of the race.”

The race took over six hours to finish due to thunderstorms, and there were 14 caution flags during the race. Due to the delays, it was almost dark when the race finally concluded, though O’Donnell said the lighting had nothing to do with the decision to end the race.

“It didn’t,” O’Donnell said about lighting playing a role in ending the race, “but we would not have been able to restart that race.

“There was oil down, it would have been another red flag. The last couple of red flags were 15-20 minutes with oil so we were up against it as well.”

O’Donnell said they will discuss the overtime line rule after the season, and changes could be made that would move it to the start/finish line.

Read also:
Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton wins eventful 2018 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

For the rest of this season at least, the rule will remain the same and Kahne can continue celebrating his playoff berth.

(h/t AutoSport)

Check Also

Mercedes rains on Ferrari’s parade at Formula 1 Italian GP

Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton overcame the odds on Sunday to take out the 2018 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix. Ferrari was the dominant force at qualifying on Saturday, with Kimi Räikkönen securing pole with a blistering 1:19.119. This was a new record for the fastest lap in F1 history, based on Räikkönen's average speed of 163.78 mph. His...

Watch a late model Stock Car race around the Nürburgring

Dale Lomas knows every inch of the Nürburgring. As a founder of the website BridgeToGantry, Lomas has covered all sorts of 'Ring events, shuttled folks around in Ring Taxis, and raced in many VLN and other 'Ring racing events. So to see him surprised by a certain vehicle that appeared recently at the German racetrack is a big deal. That's why we'll...