With 22 laps remaining in Sunday’s common season finale at Daytona Worldwide Speedway, an enormous pile-up on the first nook triggered by falling rain led to a lot of the lead-lap automobiles being worn out.
The race was red-flagged after this because the rain intensified on the time.
Austin Dillon got here via the chaos on the 20-car pile-up and went on to take victory when the race was restarted, bagging himself a spot within the playoffs.
Denny Hamlin referred to as for “higher officiating” after the incident and felt it was a easy determination to neutralise the race when the rain began to fall to keep away from the eventual pile-up from taking place.
“Simply throw the warning earlier than the rain got here,” Hamlin fumed.
“We had rain down the entrance. So about 10 seconds earlier than we bought into flip one, it was raining. I’m certain the followers felt it after which they watched us all pile in there.”
Daniel Suarez, who was caught up within the chaos as he entered Flip 1 alongside Hamlin stated that the climate radar expertise accessible to race officers meant they might have carried out one thing sooner to keep away from the incident.
“We knew the rain was coming,” Suarez stated.
“It was raining subsequent door. It was only a matter of time. Why would we await that? I don’t know.
“Possibly I’m somewhat biased as a result of I used to be within the entrance, however there’s nothing you are able to do. Typically you might be working 200 mph and also you’re capable of flip left. And you then see just a few drops arduous and also you’re simply spinning.”
“I really feel like they’ve numerous expertise to know that the rain may be very, very shut. I don’t assume it’s arduous to not put us in that place.”
Justin Haley, who additionally bought caught up the crash, added: “Yeah, it was raining for a superb lap earlier than we bought into flip one my spotter stated.
“Popping out of [Turn] two the earlier lap, it was raining and we simply misplaced traction. It’s fairly unacceptable.”
Regardless of the criticism, NASCAR’s vp of competitors Scott Miller defended the calls made and would not consider it might have carried out something in another way.
“Properly, I actually do not,” he stated when requested if race officers ought to have taken one other plan of action.
“We had been on prime of the climate, monitoring it with all of our nook spotters within the turns, in contact with the spotters up prime, and the tempo automotive, and we had all the data that we thought.
“We might been dodging somewhat little bit of climate clearly for a short while. Nothing had hit.
“And you realize, unexpectedly there was that bathe that I suppose the tempo automotive was sitting down there on the within.
“It was nonetheless dry once they wrecked and for those who watch the in-car, you can see that some rain undoubtedly began proper earlier than they wreck however we actually could not do something about that.
“And it was not one thing that you could predict when it will begin raining. Only a tremendous unhealthy scenario for everyone.”