2017 Monster Energy Cup Series can be summed up in one word CHANGE. If you follow this sport faithfully like many of us do this is no surprise to you. This year we have seen changes in the title sponsor, rules, fines and lately a ton of driver changes and sponsor changes with in the teams.
This sport is changing before our eyes and some feel the changes are for the good others feel that they are detrimental.
We all know the race is won or lost on pit road. A normal stop consist of four tires, fuel, and adjustments. This is normally carried out by two tire changers, two tire carriers, and a Jackman. The average stop normally in the twelve second or less bracket.
The evolution of the pit stop has come along ways from the early days. The early days they used bumper jacks and four-way tire wrenches and then in the 1950’s the pneumatic lug wrenches started to make their way into the pits. Midway through the decade the floor jacks would make their entry into the sport. you see this is all evolution to gain that precious track position.
Well if you have been on pit road at any race its organized chaos. Well there is a buzz about pit road that may make this even worse or better depending on who you are talking to.
Rumors are flying up and down pit road and Racing Assimilation has had its ear to the ground. There has been speculation and rumors NASCAR is looking to evolve the pit stop once again how you ask? NASCAR is looking at removing the Jack and all Jackman all together. Yes you read that correct. NASCAR is looking to remove the roll from all teams up and down pit road. They are looking into a Indy car type pneumatic system. This is terrible news if your an aspiring Jackman or a current Jackman.
Sources close to pit road have confirmed these rumblings but NASCAR has been tight lipped and will not confirm or deny. But the word up and down pit road is that it is all but done.
How is this going to effect our sport? Are we going to see faster pit times? I personally do not think so there are other things standing in the way. For example it is still going to take twelve seconds to put in the eighteen gallons of Sunoco Fuel. Also the five lug patterns and two tire changers. I am sure all of the teams if this goes through will venture down the road of trying four changers to see if it is faster.
So why are they doing this?
Well If you ask NASCAR their reasons for doing this is their normal answer to save money and safety.
That being said lets look at these reasons. First the money issue I have to disagree with this one. Here’s why, you technically are taking a crew member away, or are you? The theory is that you are how ever, what happens if you have a failure of the system during a stop and the jacks do not work? You resort back to a jack and Jackman. Now that is just speculation and I am sure NASCAR will impose some rule that stops teams from that. The next issue I have with this is the cost of these systems being added to each and every one of these cars. Don’t think there will be much saving going on.
Second safety. I do have to agree with this being the safer option. Let me explain. If you pay attention to any other form of racing like my gear head self. You know Indy Car currently use this type system. You do not hear very often that a crew member from these types of Motorsport being hit or injured due to being struck on pit road. If you look back at the videos and there are quite a few most of the crew guys getting hit on a NASCAR pit road are Jack men. Yes there has been a fair share of front tire carriers that have been hit, I personally know a few. So removing them maybe the safer option.
However is it in the best interest of the sport to be making this change? I personally do not think so. I think it is taking the sport further away from the roots something that has always proven to be detrimental to the sport. I will be eagerly waiting to see if NASCAR goes through with it. Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page Racing Assimilation and at http://www.racingassimilation.com
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