Martin Truex Jr. was pretty mad after a questionable pit row call by NASCAR move him from second to twenty-second at Kentucky Speedway. On lap 196, both Truex and race leader leader Kevin Harvick came to pit road during a caution. When Truex dove in front of Harvick, NASCAR penalized him for making an illegal pass on pit road.
Truex Jr. had some unflattering words for NASCAR during his after-race interview. NASCAR Race Mom can not help but wonder how much those words will hurt Martin in his pocketbook.***
Truex who insisted that he did nothing different than he, and every other driver does in every race stated, "I feel like I did the same thing guys do every week. You get to your timing line, you step on the gas, and you head straight toward your pit. Obviously I turned left and came up next to the 4 car and passed him as I was driving to my pit, which is what guys do every week. I don't know why it was different today. I would think that if they didn't want us to do it any more, they would tell us in the drivers' meeting. But I mean, hell, I've been passed on pit road 15 times this year that same exact way -- and I didn't see guys get penalized. So I guess when you're doing it for a win, it's different circumstances or something."
What do you think . . . did NASCAR make the right call?
***NASCAR fined Darrell Wallace Jr. $15,000 after the driver criticized NASCAR officials on social media following the XFINITY Series' Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway regarding his displeasure with how his race ended.