NASCAR Warns Drivers About Restarts


Kyle Busch had no issues with the start of Friday night's Nationwide race (shown), it was the final restart that upset him. NASCAR warned drivers before Saturday's race about restarts. (Photo: Getty Imgaes)


BRISTOL, Tenn. - NASCAR warned drivers about restarts in the pre-race meeting Saturday, a day after Kyle Busch complained how the final restart in the Nationwide race took place.

Busch was the leader on the final restart but said he was hit from behind by Regan Smith while in the restart zone. That allowed Ryan Blaney, who was second, to take the lead. Blaney went on to win the race.

Afterward, Busch said: "The leader is at the biggest disadvantage on restarts. I know when I want to go but everybody else is pushing me. My rear tires aren't on the ground and you can't go anywhere."

David Hoots, NASCAR Managing Event Director, issued the warning to drivers before Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race.

“On the restarts, the video was very clear, the leader and the second-place car have a responsibility,’’ Hoots told the competitors. “The leader should stay at a constant speed, come into the (restart) zone and restart through the middle of the zone. The second-place car has an equal responsibility to stay closed up to that car.

“Both of you in the front row have that responsibility and through the night and through the course of the year you will all share that responsibility at some point in time. Let’s do it right. Do it like you can. Cut out all the games that you’ve been playing and restart the races properly. You’ve asked for us to not intervene, let you work things out, and we don’t want to micromanage these restarts. You know how to do this.’’

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