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That's An Air Hose, Not A Leash

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Not content to merely ruin Porsche’s shot at winning the 12 Hours of Sebring, air hoses also ruined one of Martin Truex Jr.’s pit stops during today’s NASCAR Cup Series race. The air hose from Michael McDowell’s car caught the corner of Truex’s wheel well and didn’t want to let go.


Truex was blocked in at both sides by other racers in the rush to get in and out of the pits as soon as possible. The No. 17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took a wide path out of his stall behind Truex, so the team was trying to push it out around McDowell’s car in front.


That didn’t work so well.

Ryan Newman ultimately won today’s race in overtime at Phoenix Raceway, taking his first Cup Series win since 2013.

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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I appreciate the Nascar coverage on Jalopnik/Black Flag, but I would really like to see more analysis rather than these live-tweet-y things. We’re watching the race, we saw it too. And if we wanted live tweets, we can go right to twitter.

And for those people not watching the race, wouldn’t some more information besides “omg this just happened” be better? Like, what are the rules about obstructing exits? Can a team do whatever they want in their own box? Can everyone line their box with a hose all the time, to slow down the other racers? What was going on with Truex’s clutch, and was that related to this incident?

I don’t mean to sound too negative...I like what you are doing, and I want to help make it even better.