No Spike In Number Of Cautions

This season, ServiceMaster Clean became the first-ever official sponsor of caution periods at the 19 International Speedway Corporation and Speedway Motorsports Incorporated tracks as well as Dover International Speedway.

When there was a problem on the track, the ServiceMaster Clean yellow flag was displayed and the company’s familiar yellow vehicles were dispatched to clean the track.

The July 4th race at Daytona International Speedway marked the halfway point of the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. At 17 (Pocono is not a part of the program) of the 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, there was little change in the number of cautions compared to the previous year. There were only three more cautions, 157-154, in those 17 events compared to 2008. For all 18 events, there have been 162 cautions in 2009 compared to 164 in 2008.

In 17 races this year, 760 laps have been run under caution (780 in the 18 events). Last year, there were 666 caution laps in the 17 events (705 in 18). In 2009, three races (Atlanta, Bristol and Infineon) have been extended beyond the scheduled distance for a green-white-checkered finish and three (Daytona, Lowe’s and New Hampshire) have been stopped short of the scheduled distance due to inclement weather.

ServiceMaster ‘By The Numbers’

(*Pocono is not a participant in the ServiceMaster program)

2008
2009
Cautions (18 races)
164
162
Cautions (17 races*)
154
157
Caution Laps (18 races)
705
780
Caution Laps (17 races*)
666
760
Laps Run (18 races)
5425
5194
Miles Run (18 races)
7397.452
7015.405
Most Cautions (18 races)
18 (Martinsville)
17 (Darlington)
Fewest Cautions (18 races)
5 (Dover)
3 (Michigan)
Most Miles Under Caution (18 races)
97.5 (Pocono)
99.72 (Darlington)
Race Length Extended Due to Caution
6
3
Race Length Shortened Due to Weather
1
3


In 2008, only New Hampshire was shortened due to inclement weather while late-race cautions extended the scheduled distance for a green-white-checkered finish at six tracks (Bristol, Texas, Richmond, Michigan, Infineon and Daytona).


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