NASCAR hosted its highly-anticipated All-Star Race with Texas’ Governor, Greg Abbott, waving the green flag and this race has seen cautions from the second stage until the very end which led to controversies about how NASCAR chose to conclude the race, the Senior VP of Competition, Scott Miller spoke to media personnel about this very disputing issue.
He was asked about the yellow flag issued moments before the end of the race, which was given because Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scraped into the outside wall, forcing the race into OT, Ryan Blaney obviously unaware of this had his window net down and struggled to latch it back up, Scott Miller was also asked about this as to why wasn’t he black-flagged as Denny Hamlin raised his concerns.
“Wish we wouldn’t have done that but we did,” says Scott Miller when asked about the issuing of the yellow-flag moments before the end of the race
NASCAR’s Senior VP of Competition, Scott Miller answered the debatable topic of the yellow flag issued seconds before Ryan Blaney crossed the finish line and he said that he assumes everyone already knew that the flag was called early and it all depends on the race tracker and it’s his call to make.
“Yeah, so obviously I think you know everybody knows that we probably prematurely called that yellow flag. You know the way it works in the tower is that we are all watching around the race track you know obviously the race tracker who has the button and makes the call is obviously the final say when the yellow gets put out,” said Scott Miller.
He added by saying that everyone saw the car hit the outside wall but wasn’t sure what the tracker saw and hoped that it wouldn’t happen but it ended up happening and now they have to accept responsibility no matter the outcome and they do.
“We saw the car and mentioned the car against the wall right in the wall down in the back straight away and race tracker looked up and I am not sure what he saw but he immediately put it out. Wish we wouldn’t have done that but we did that Wish we wouldn’t have done that but we did and we will own that we probably prematurely put that caution out,” said Scott Miller.
“No way for us to know if he got the 100% latched or not,” says Scott Miller when asked about Ryan Blaney’s incident
Miller was also questioned about the dramatic ending of the All-Star Race involving Ryan Blaney’s finish and he answered by saying that yesterday’s race was a special case where it had to end under a green flag but Ryan had thought that he had won the race and started celebrating his victory removing his window net and struggling to put it back up for the OT.
“So, I am again you know obviously Ryan Blaney thought he won the race another by-product of the special rules of the NASCAR is because every other race that we do besides this one he could have won the race when the caution flag came out so they were celebrating and he put the window mat down and we saw that he was struggling to put it back up,” said Scott Miller.
He concluded by saying that when the green flag was waved he was warming his tires up and he had full control of the vehicle the officials had no idea if his net was latched and backed up completely which resulted in them being confused to call him off the track.
“But coming to green he was warming his tires and you can see both his hands on the wheel warming the tires up, the window net was up. No way for us to know if he got the 100% latched or not and no way we could be certain that he didn’t get it latched so there is no way we could call him down to the pit road,” concluded Scott Miller.
Keeping the recent incidents in mind, will NASCAR tend to amend its rules and regulations or stick to the same and enforce them appropriately?