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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.

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NASCAR needs to look really hard and make a determination about slower cars. If these cars can't maintain a certain speed, then they need to go. But NASCAR also needs to look at the driver before scrutinizing him. Is he qualified to run that slow and stay out of the way or should he learn how to drive in the Busch ranks before moving up to the Nextel Cup Series?
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A lot of times when a car gets damaged during a race, a Cup veteran may run the same speed as a guy who doesn't know how to drive but he knows how to keep his car out of the way and isn't the hazard like some of the these slower cars and less experienced drivers. was extremely frustrated on Sunday because he was a victim of 's wreck. Hillenburg said, "Yeah, I kind of slid up in front of him." Well, if you saw him coming and you knew he was back there, why didn't you think about slowing down a little bit more and getting a little bit lower on the race track? It's a very precarious situation for NASCAR and some of these competitors are trying to make a living or have a good showing to try to get some sponsorship. It's going to be really tough for NASCAR to do a whole lot, but they really need to step up and say, "If you can't run fast enough in Cup, go down to the Busch or Truck ranks, but you just can't get out there, ride around and be in the way.

Caution laps prevent fantastic finish

There were a lot of unnecessary yellow flag laps at the end of Sunday's race, and I kind of think the fans may have been robbed. NASCAR could have sped up its process. The sanctioning body is trying to get into a routine, but if they need to make adjustments at the end of a race, they need to slow down the pace car until they get it sorted out so they don't take too many laps and take away the opportunity for these guys to make a run for the win.

FOX race analyst Jeff Hammond led to two of DW's three Winston Cup championships as his crew chief. They also teamed to win the 1989 Daytona 500. For Jeff Hammond's "Real Men Work in the Pits" magnets, Hollywood Hotel hats and more, check out www.dwstore.com.

For photos and appearances, visit Jeff's web site www.jeffhammond.com.

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