NEWS & NOTES
TIMING LINES Martin Truex Jr. ripped NASCAR’s process for monitoring the pit road speed limit after he was penalized for taking advantage of the location of the timing lines at Kentucky Speedway last week. Truex felt the penalty was unfairly policed among other competitors. During Sunday’s race at New Hampshire, the sanctioning body began to take steps to reduce the chance of competitors gaming the location of the timing lines by adding more for the 301-mile race. The lines, however, were not in use by NASCAR’s official timing system and were merely there to test capability, NASCAR vice president Steve O’Donnell said during his regular satellite radio interview Monday. A new system that uses GPS is on the horizon. “Short-term, it will be some additional (timing) loops,” O’Donnell said. “As NASCAR develops new technologies, we’re going to embrace those.” GORDON MAY REPLACE JUNIOR AT INDY His full-time NASCAR career ended with the 2015 season finale, and Jeff Gordon seemed to put a lid on any future NASCAR opportunities during his swan song season. But there are exceptions to everything, and Gordon may find himself in one this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. During a press conference last Friday discussing Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s absence at New Hampshire due to concussion-like symptoms, Hendrick Motorsports officials acknowledged that Gordon would be tapped to drive in the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 if Earnhardt wasn’t cleared. The opportunity would see Gordon piloting the Axalta-branded No. 88 — he’s never driven anything but No. 24 in Sprint Cup competition — at a track where he’s the all-time wins leader (5). Gordon, 44, hasn’t driven a Sprint Cup car since the Homestead finale.