NASCAR-issued pit guns cause problems for several teams at Atlanta

NASCAR air gun
NASCAR air gun (Getty Photographs)

NASCAR’s pit-gun initiative posed problems for at least 4 race teams Sunday in Atlanta, with defending Cup collection champion Martin Truex’s crew chief, Cole Pearn, telling NBC: “They’re items of s—.”

This season, NASCAR started issuing three standardized pit guns to each group at every race. After consulting with the Race Workforce Alliance, officers made the transfer as a price-saving measure, to chop down on an costly “arms race” as teams made their very own specialised, ever-costlier guns.

However after a hassle-free debut within the season-opening Daytona 500, problems surfaced at Atlanta. Kevin Harvick needed to pit twice at lap 30 after the air hose got here off the gun on his first cease. Though the additional cease dropped Harvick again within the subject, he overcame the early misfortune to win the race.

Truex’s Furnishings Row Racing staff wasn’t so lucky. The 2017 collection champion had two sluggish stops due to problems with pit guns, earlier than lastly getting one which labored. He rebounded to complete fifth.

“I feel everyone is a bit involved,” Truex stated. “Any person else is supplying you the elements and the guns, and the standard management, you actually do not have management in all that. Final yr I do not assume we had one single difficulty with a pit gun or any gear within the pit stall. That claims quite a bit. Thirty-eight races final yr and no points and two races this yr and already a problem.”

Multiples stories indicated each Kyle Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing staff and Alex Bowman’s Hendrick Motorsports group additionally had points.

NASCAR senior vice chairman Steve O’Donnell informed SiriusXM’s “The Morning Drive” that the sanctioning physique is reviewing the state of affairs.

“We by no means need to see failures with any half or piece,” O’Donnell stated. “We’ll have conversations and get it proper. We would like it to be in arms of drivers and teams. We’ll head to Vegas and hopefully get that cleaned up.”

Regardless of Harvick’s early difficulty with the pit gun, his crew chief, Rodney Childers, stated those that had carried out the pit-gun system had executed an “excellent job.”

“I can’t complain about something they’ve completed,” Childers stated. “I can’t think about taking that on over a two- to 3-month span. We’re going to undergo ups and downs, and we have to undergo them collectively and study collectively and that’s a part of it.”