In the wake of Kevin Harvick’s criticism of the safety team response in his crash Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NASCAR reviewed the incident Wednesday.
The study was part of a weekly process of meeting with track services, medical staff to evaluate the reaction to every on-track incident (including oil cleanup, not just crashes). NASCAR logs information from crash data recorders, reviews video and radio transmissions and consults with track physicians and staff.
Though the Fox broadcast showed the response could have been swifter (it took roughly 90 seconds to reach Harvick’s car, and he was waiting for more than a minute after unbuckling his harnesses), NASCAR declined to provide information on how it assessed the incident through a statement attributed to NASCAR Racing Operations officials. The response, which was issued to NBCSports.com after an inquiry for reaction to Harvick’s comment, read:
We conduct in-depth post-event reviews of every incident from the previous race event weekend. That review involves representatives from all safety-related functions, and we closely examine every aspect of the incident, including response time. Safety is paramount, and we’re constantly applying what we learn with an unrelenting commitment to advance the mission.
Harvick made reference to NASCAR’s new traveling safety team that has been established with American Medical Response (“It took them forever to get to the car,” he said. “I thought we made that better, but obviously we haven’t.”)
NASCAR officials categorically denied that the addition of a traveling safety team adversely affected the response time for Harvick’s crash.
NASCAR announced the new partnership with AMR before this season after being lobbied for the change by the Drivers Council (of which Harvick is a member).
Eldora Speedway general manager Roger Slack joined the NASCAR on NBC podcast to discuss his track’s past, present and possible future with NASCAR.
Slack detailed the run-up to the initial “secret” test with Tony Stewart and Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon that led to scheduling a Camping World Truck Series race that recently completed its fifth edition.
Slack also discussed the storied history of Eldora, which opened in 1954 and was bought by Stewart 50 years later.
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On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America, Daniel Suarez recalled the moment he got the call that he was being promoted to replace Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Cup Series at Joe Gibbs Racing.
Suarez was at dinner back home in Mexico with family and friends when JGR officials called and him to be ready for a teleconference in a few moments.
Suarez stepped away, telling his dinner partners he’d be back shortly — which ultimately lasted 40 minutes.
When he returned to the dinner table, he couldn’t tell anything about the phone call — JGR officials swore him to secrecy — but he eventually revealed that he had been promoted to the NASCAR Cup Series to replace Edwards, who had decided to take a hiatus from his racing career.
Check out the video above.
Daniel Suarez appeared on Wednesday’s live broadcast of NASCAR America from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina,
One of the funniest segments of Suarez’s visit was a video and verbal collage of how much he and his fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other — all in good humor, of course.
Check out the video above where Suarez, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch answer the “tough questions” about themselves, as well as how they feel about their fellow teammates.
In winning last year’s Xfinity Series championship, Mexican native Daniel Suarez became NASCAR’s first international champion.
It was the culmination of a journey that began with his father and, interestingly enough, Volkswagen Beetles.
Check out Suarez’s story and the thoughts about his success and prowess by our NASCAR America analysts in the video above.
Speaking of VW Beetles, Suarez’s father sold his restoration shop to fund his son’s racing dream. Years later, Daniel repaid his father by purchasing a new restoration shop for him. See the video below.