LONG POND, Pa. â Ahead of Sundayâs Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), NASCARâs Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller addressed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitors about restarts in the driversâ meeting.
âWe havenât gone over these in a while so (we) thought this would be a good time to bring these back up,â Miller said. âWe expect the leader to maintain constant speed once he brings the field into the restart zone. We expect the second-place car not to lay back on the leader more than the door numbers. And if the second rowâs laying back trying to affect whatâs going on the front row, thatâs also going to be a violation.
âWe need to make sure that we are closed up, all the way through the field, not laying back. If we do those things, I think weâll have clean restarts. Itâs whatâs been going on for the last few years and was established with the group of drivers and a group from NASCAR. Itâs been working well. We havenât gone over it in a while so I thought this was a good time to bring it up.â
The reminder came a week after Aric Almirola was warned during a restart of New Hampshireâs Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 toward the end of Stage 2 in which Almirola ended up winning the stage. Drivers in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series were also given a similar reminder Saturday before the Gander RV 150 at Pocono.
NASCARâs Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve OâDonnell indicated earlier in the week on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that restarts would be addressed going into Pocono.
âWe chose not to make the call but weâve got to go back and review it,â OâDonnell said. âReview the speeds and I think youâll see us address restarts heading into Pocono and remind the drivers what we expect, as well.â