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Continued: In The Pits: NASCAR did the right thing by cutting short rain-soaked race at Daytona

  • Article by: JENNA FRYER , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 7, 2014 - 5:30 PM

"We looked at forecasts and the potential of a few more hours of rain, we decided we were past halfway and just called the race," NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said. "We felt that it was in the best interest of fans, getting done and going home and competitors being done. We put on two-and-a-half hours or so of solid racing and when you looked at what was in front of us weather-wise, we felt it was just best for all concerned that the race was concluded.

"We didn't think there was an opportunity to get a good race in."

This was a case of damned if they do, damned if they don't for NASCAR.

Kurt Busch and several other drivers felt they'd waited through a wet weekend to reach that point, so they had no problem sitting in motorhomes to wait for another shot to race for the win.

But for those working concession stands, or security or ushers, it was another very long day. Same for the crews, who have few places to go to wait out the weather. So they crowd under covered pit stands or jam into the team hauler and numbly pass the time.

NASCAR knew holding everyone was unfair, especially since the next wait could have been up to seven hours. The series had to set a stopping point to give fans some closure — not the fans at home, who were warm and dry, but those sitting in slick metal grandstands wearing garbage bags to shield themselves from the rain.

"We didn't think there was an opportunity to get a good race in," Pemberton said.

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