NASCAR saw nothing wrong with Dover surface prior to Sprint Cup race

Officials work to patch a hole coming out of Turn 2 during the second red flag Sunday at Dover. (Getty Images)
Officials work to patch a hole coming out of Turn 2 during the second red flag Sunday at Dover. (Getty Images)
Officials work to patch a hole coming out of Turn 2 during the second red flag Sunday at Dover. (Getty Images)

It was almost a disaster. Sunday during the NASCAR Sprint Cup FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway, a chunk of concrete from the track dislodged. The piece of the track was hit by driver Ryan Newman and then by driver Jamie McMurray. The piece of concrete disintegrated damaging the front of McMurray’s Chevy and sending shrapnel into a crossing bridge near the exit of turn 2 cracking a glass panel.

“When I came off of the corner, it just felt like I hit something, obviously, heavy,” McMurray said. “Initially I thought I’d blown a tire out. When I hit it, it actually pushed the car to the right and I got into the fence a little bit. And as I slowed down, I couldn’t figure out first off, why I didn’t hit the fence harder, and then what happened. I didn’t see anything. It just hit the front end and ripped the splitter off and it pushed the car to the right.”

NASCAR put the field under a red flag. Track crews as well as NASCAR officials rushed to repair the spot and another nearby.  After 22 minutes, the field was put back under yellow and soon after the race continued and there were no further incidents.  Sunday’s winner, Jimmie Johnson said he knew the spot was there prior to the race. MORE>>>

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