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Sprint Cup Series

Pit road rule reinforced during drivers' meeting

CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers were warned to keep their speeds down if they are forced to pit road to avoid an incident on Sunday during the drivers' meeting prior to Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). 


"During yesterday's (NASCAR XFINITY Series) race, we had certain circumstances with cars coming down pit road to avoid an incident," NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director Richard Buck said. "We are and still will continue to investigate ways to improve our process, but let me remind us of our rule as it is and will be officiated tonight. If you are forced down pit road to avoid an incident, you must reduce your speed as you travel the entire length of pit road. We will blend you off the end of pit road like a pit camera. You do not retain your position on the track."


Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford, asked several questions about both reducing speed as well as how it would be enforced. 


"If you forced down pit road, it's a safety issue," Buck said. "We need you to reduce your speed. The walls are shorter there. There are gaps that are open. We have officials and fans that are there. We need to see that your speed has significantly reduced as you travel the full length. It will be a judgment call from the tower."


Buck also asked drivers and spotters to "communicate and get lined up as quickly as possible" when the tower calls out the lineup under caution. "That will allow us to verify the correct lineup and not have to take any further action."


There will be a competition caution on or around Lap 25 of the 400-lap race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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