If you happen to be a fly on the wall of the following race shops this week, Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske, Stewart-Haas Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Childress Racing and JTG Daugherty racing, you would have seen some very unorthodox pit practice! This is because these organizations all have cars locked into the Allstar Race this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Qualifying for this event is very unique because it requires the cars to run 3 laps and do a 4 tire pit stop but due to the cars not having a pit road speed limit, the crews cannot jump off the wall until the car has completely stopped. This doesn’t sound tough to do but when you train all year for jumping off the wall 1 pit stall away, it can be very hard! This change opens the door to crews possibly changing the Left Side tires first then going to the Right Side. Jackmen will try jumping off the wall and running around the back of the car to the Right Side. Gasmen will be pulling tires and adding or pulling front grill tape. There is no telling what other things we might see and that’s what makes this event exciting! Here are the sixteen teams involved and a quick overview of the rules:
#1, #2, #4, #5, #11, #17, #18. #20, #22, #31, #37, #41, #42, #48, #78, #88
-Maximum 6 crewmembers over pit wall, no fuel is to be added
-Lug nuts will be checked after the qualifying attempt
-The following will be accessed a 5 second penalty for each violation & will be added to the vehicles total time post qualifying:
*Too many crew members in contact with pit surface area
*Over the wall too soon
*Throwing equipment
*Removing equipment
*Uncontrolled tire
*Running over/under an air hose
*Running over the jack
*Pitting outside the box will be a disqualification
After each team makes a qualifying attempt, the top 5 fastest will do it again, including another pit stop. FoxSports1 will cover the qualifying and pit stops at 6pm eastern time on Friday night. I can’t wait to see the innovative ways teams will complete this pit stop and no doubt, the pit crews and drivers that execute with the least amount of mistakes will rise to the top! Good luck to everyone this weekend at Charlotte.
Joe Piette


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