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Published on May 16th, 2011 | by Shannon Baxter

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The Weekend That Was: The Monster Mile

Following the Darlington race, NASCAR changed post-race procedure for officials on pit road.  After a pit road incident involving Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick,  officials will now wait until all cars are cleared off of pit road before attending to their post-race duties.

Why should NASCAR have to change the rules because some drivers can’t control their tempers?  I know NASCAR is just concerned for the safety of the officials, but the drivers should have some responsibility for ensuring the officials’ safety.  Here is a simple solution: If  Busch or any other driver pulls a stunt like that again, park him.

I feel like NASCAR is catering to Busch and Harvick with their reaction to this incident.  By changing the rules, NASCAR is giving drivers more room to do something like this again, which  I think is a bad move on NASCAR’s part.

Cole Whitt A Driver To Watch

Camping World Truck Series driver Cole Whitt finished second in the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover.  He led 23 laps in the race, but lost the lead on the restart with two to go.  Kyle Busch took the lead from him and took home the trophy.

At only 19 years old, the Red Bull Racing driver has many accomplishments in racing, including a USAC National Midget championship in 2008 and two USAC Silver Crown wins in 2009.

Now leading the rookie standings for the Camping World Truck series, I believe that Cole Whitt is a driver to watch.

Violent Wreck Steals The Show

Carl Edwards won the 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover, but who will remember that?  Not many people because that was the least memorable part of the race.  A violent wreck coming to the checkers was the last thing anyone expected.

Edwards and Joey Logano were racing for the lead coming out of Turn 4 with one lap to go.  Edwards unintentionally took the air off of Logano’s rear spoiler forcing him to bounce off the outside the wall.  Joey then got into into Clint Bowyer, sending him into the air sideways before slamming into the inside wall.  Brad Keselowski and Steven Wallace were collected, among others.

Kevin Harvick Inc mechanic Glen Wheeler got the worst part of the wreck.  A spring from the No. 33 car flew across pit road from the impact of the wreck and hit him, injuring his leg.  Wheeler was hospitalized overnight for severe swelling in his left leg.

We also can’t forget the first big wreck of the day:  on lap 86, rookie Alex Kennedy wrecked on the backstretch, coming to a rest near the inside wall.  Kennedy turned his car into oncoming traffic in an attempt to continue on, and he crashed hard into Kevin Swindell.

Everyone seemed to be a bit confused as to who to blame for the wreck.  Whether driver or spotter error, this wreck could have been avoided.  Kennedy and his spotter were called to the NASCAR hauler after the incident.

Bayne To Return To Action

Last but not least, Trevor Bayne will be returning to his racing duties this weekend.  Bayne has been recovering after being hospitalized for blurred vision and nausea.  According to Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark, Trevor will be back in his rides for the Sprint All-Star race and Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway.

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