Black flag should have addressed lapped traffic

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Jeff Hammond

Jeff Hammond is a former NASCAR crew chief who led Darrell Waltrip to two of his three Sprint Cup championships. The duo also teamed up to win the 1989 Daytona 500. Prior to that, Hammond was the jackman for Cale Yarborough for all three of his Cup championships. He has 43 Sprint Cup wins as a crew chief. Follow him on Twitter.

Troy from Lubbock, Texas: I have never seen anyone get black-flagged for getting the lucky dog pass. Why did Jeff Gordon? And how did the 29 car that was two laps down restart on the front row? Jeff Hammond: Before Jeff Gordon moved up, he was told to go to the end of the longest line. NASCAR has a point when it says the tail end of the longest line means the tail end of the longest line, regardless of what lapped traffic does. But I think NASCAR also needs to admonish the guys who have wrecked race cars, are multi-laps down and creating this problem of motioning by these drivers. If they're going to lag back and put guys like Gordon in this situation in a bad way, that's not fair. NASCAR has a leg to stand on because Gordon should have done what the rules said, but as a crew chief, I've told my guys with wrecked cars, "Hey, motion by the driver behind you." You're lagging back because you don't want to get caught up in someone else's mess one more time.
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NASCAR needs to tell the teams to tighten up. It's not fair to put a guy a lap down at the end of the longest line because the drivers in front of him are dragging their feet. You've got to be in contact with the field, and it needs to be fair for everybody. That's what the rule is intended to do. As far as a car restarting two laps down ahead of cars that are only a lap down, it doesn't matter. You could be 50 laps down and still on the pole position if that's where you come out of the pits. It's a gentlemen's agreement. If the guy behind you is a lap down, and you're two laps down, you can let him go around you. But if you're 50 laps down, and you want to hold up a guy who is 50 laps down, that goes back to a gentlemen's agreement. Sometimes these guys aren't the gentlemen we would like them to be.

FOX race analyst Jeff Hammond led Darrell Waltrip to two of DW's three Winston Cup championships as his crew chief. They also teamed to win the 1989 Daytona 500.

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