“I wasn’t happy. I wish they would change that rule.”
Race-winner Dixon thinks the rule should be applied based on the race track.
“I think it’s more track-dependent. Indy, they say 10 laps to go, people need to get out of the way. That’s a lot different to Iowa. It’s a third of the size, the 10 laps go by very quickly,” Dixon said. “I think for the drivers that are in those situations, they probably want to get out of the way. But they’re probably also fighting for somebody that’s on the same lap right around that same position.”
Dixon said there’s been discussion about the rule in recent driver meetings.
“It’s one of those things I think some weekends it works for you, some it doesn’t,” he said. “Courtesy-wise, if I was in that situation, several laps down, when you’re racing from a lap down, you can get your position back off strategy, that’s different. But, yeah, I think if you’re more than one lap down, you should probably get out of the way.”
GETTING DIRTY: Go ahead, spill the dirt.
NASCAR is set for its first dirt race in more than 40 years on Tuesday when the Truck Series hits Eldora Speedway.
The last time one of NASCAR’s top touring series competed on dirt was Sept. 30, 1970, when Richard Petty won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (called the Grand National Division at that time) race at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
There are five, eight-lap qualifying events and a 15-lap last-chance race to come up with the 30 competitors (regularly 36 in the Truck Series) who will start the 150-lap race at the Tony Stewart-owned track. The race is broken into three segments of 60, 50 and 40 laps.
Set the DVR so the kids can watch the next day. The green flag drops at 9:30 p.m. ET on Speed.
“I really feel like this is a way for NASCAR to get back to the roots of the sport,” analyst Kenny Wallace said. “We’ve had a lot of fans express their concerns that we’ve forgotten our roots, country music, Saturday night racing, etc. I just really look at this as a home run, no matter what.”
IRON MAN: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Josh Wise missed the memo that he should be off this weekend.
With a rare break in Cup action, Wise will still line up for some serious action on Sunday in the form of a triathlon.