NASCAR Mailbag: Can burnouts be used to cover up illegal modifications?
The Motorsport.com NASCAR team of Jim Utter and Lee Spencer answer this week's questions from fans.
Could a victory burnout really be used as a cover up for illegal modifications? - From Ray
Ray, in theory, an area of the car which had been manipulated prior to or during the race could be "covered up" per se from damage during an extensive burnout. But that would require foreknowledge by the crew chief, the pit crew and the driver (who actually does the burnout). In reality, NASCAR has never found any team guilty of using a burnout to cover up a rules violation. So in essence, right now there may be a perception problem but there has been no proof of an actual one. – Jim Utter
What are the yellow, red, etc, stickers pit crews put on the front grill of the cars during race? - From Larry
Hey Larry, the tabs are different layers of tape that teams put on the grille in order to gain downforce on the front end of the car. It's one of the easiest ways to tune the car. But if the engine gets hot or something else is compromised, then the tape is the first to go. – Lee Spencer
I want to know why they call a race for the Championship the playoffs because there is no playoffs in car racing there's a championship for the best driver and crew it's not no ball game it's a car race? - From JD
JD, in full disclosure, I prefer calling NASCAR's post-season The Chase. However, non-race fans didn't know what a Chase was. So in an effort to attract the stick-and-ball crowd, NASCAR elected to call its championship format The Playoffs. In a traditional sense, it's not a playoff where one team faces another. However, there are eliminations. – Lee Spencer
The Charlotte BOA 500, the 95 team went to the garage made repairs to the car. they were allowed to reenter the race. the rule was enter the garage or go behind the wall your day has ended. take more than five minutes your day is over. What changed? - From Jerry
Jerry, the five-minute rule only applies to crash damage - damage to the vehicles as a result of its participation in an accident. Teams are allowed to go to the garage to repair mechanical issues. In the Bank of America 500, the No. 95 suffered a broken gear cooler, which caused his issues on the track. Therefore, he was able to go to the garage, make repairs and return to the track. – Jim Utter
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