Caution Clock Coming to Truck Series

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NASCAR will implement a caution clock to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starting in 2016. (Photo: Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR will implement a caution clock to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starting in 2016.

The 20-minute clock will begin when the race leader crosses the start/finish line on the start or restart. It will be used in all races with the exception of the annual dirt track race at Eldora Speedway.

"I think our fans are going to enjoy it," said Elton Sawyer, Camping World Truck Series Managing Director. "It adds another element of strategy for the teams. Our teams sometimes they can miss the setup a little bit when we start the race. This will give them an opportunity if we hadn’t had a caution in the first 20 minutes they will get the opportunity to come in and make some adjustments, and they don’t have to. That’s the cool thing about it - you don’t have to stop, but you can."

The caution flag will fly when the clock hits 00:00 and will reset to 20 minutes for the next green flag and no beneficiary will be awarded. If a caution comes out before time expires, the time will be reset to 20 minutes and the first truck a lap down will be the beneficiary.

The clock will be turned off and not utilized with 20 laps remaining with the exception of the events at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Pocono Raceway where the clock will be turned off with 10 laps left.

"Those are both are 64 and 60 lap races so it didn’t feel right to use a 20 to go when they are just past halfway," Sawyer said.

Daniel Hemric, driver of the No. 19 California Clean Power/Draw-Tite Ford, says the new clock will provide for some more excitement.

"As a driver, you look forward to restarts," Hemric said. "Over the years restarts have been the common ground where you have an opportunity to make gains. I think it's going to be exciting for the fans and definitely add another thing to make the crew chiefs lose sleep at night."

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