Pit road makes an impact in Atlanta

BY Jeff Hammond • March 10, 2009

In case you didn't believe me through the first three weeks of the season, here's one of the lessons learned following the Atlanta weekend:

Pit road can have a major impact on the final result of a race.

Take for example the incident on Lap 67 of Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500. You have to hate it for poor Jimmy Watts, the crewman on the No. 47 team that chased down a tire that went into the infield grass and caused NASCAR to throw a caution. Because of his one mistake, it changed the entire complexion of the race as it put almost the full field one lap down.


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