NEWS & NOTES

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

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.

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