Anybody can tune into a NASCAR team communications with a radio scanner (or, better yet, the NASCAR.com Scanner) and eavesdrop on pit strategy â and that includes competitors. This fact alone creates the need for drivers and pit crews to use code words known only to those on the team to communicate whatâs being done on a pit stop.
During Saturday nightâs Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a break from his broadcasting duties to ask an important question concerning such code words after Kyle Busch pitted for left-side tires â or âChick-fil-Aâ according to No. 18 team radio secrets.
Youâre a nascar driver. You have a code word for a pit stop. What is it?
â Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 14, 2019
Thousands replied to Junior with their suggestions, as Twitter users tend to do.
â Sara (@Cubsgrl1908) July 14, 2019
Following in the Kyle Busch team spirit of using fast food code words, a few folks on Twitter seemed awfully hungry, eagerly joining the conversation with their food-themed ideas.
Fried chicken. Which means, bring me some damn fried chicken if weâre going to win on the next stop boys.
â Tyler Tucker (@tuckgraphics) July 14, 2019
â Andrew Lynch (@AndrewLynch) July 14, 2019
And if youâre into music, there were plenty of suggestions:
Give me fuel, give me tires, give me that which I desireâŠ pic.twitter.com/UYRcm7h5oO
â Logan Rendulic (@Logan_Rendulic) July 14, 2019
đ€ Iâd start singing đFat bottom girls you make the rockin world go round đ¶đ¶ https://t.co/y6mB4bUa8G
â Kathy Woodin (@BabyBlues1226) July 14, 2019
Whatâs the frequency Kenneth?
â Kevin Eccleston (@KevinEcclesto11) July 14, 2019
Jackson Brown (Gas ânâ Go)
Beck (Leftside Only)
Pink Floyd (Rightside Only)
Whiteboard (Full Stop with Adjustments)
Skynard (Full Stop, No Adjustments)
â Mr. Happy Go Lucky (@thekrishill) July 14, 2019
Weâd need to study some flashcards to remember the last set, but we admire the thoroughness.
Iâm sort of getting the impression some of the respondents had an agenda behind their choices.
â Martinsville Speedway (@MartinsvilleSwy) July 14, 2019
Xfinity xFi: Gas & Go (fastest stop)
Xfinity X1: Two tires
Xfinity Stream App: Four tires & fuel (get us ready for the long haul) https://t.co/STCaySRbsk
â Xfinity Racing (@XfinityRacing) July 14, 2019
Some drivers got in on the action, too, giving away their strategies to competitors. Fools!
I gotta đ© đ€·ââïž
â Austin Hill (@_AustinHill) July 14, 2019
Pit this time
â Bayley Currey (@BayleyCurrey) July 14, 2019
â Max McLaughlin (@MaxMcLaughlin_) July 14, 2019
Some took the approach of messing with competitors to an extreme level, which we appreciate.
PitStop (nobody would ever think itâs that obvious)
â Kenny (@KLRacing47) July 14, 2019
nascar, of course https://t.co/ZrRkejmGeD
â Adam Cheek (@adamncheek) July 14, 2019
âFourâ when I want two
âTwoâ when I want four
â MarkRH (@MarkRH) July 14, 2019
Stay out = Pit this time
Pit this time = Stay out https://t.co/OZahizwuGS
â Aero Racing Design (@ARDesign71) July 14, 2019
Truly genius. Weâll wait for the day these clever code words trip up even those on the team theyâre intended to protect. Somebodyâs memory is bound to fail at some point.