NASCAR still is trying to solve the mystery of what Ty Dillon ran over at Michigan on Lap 134 of Sunday’s race, but the No. 66 team of Timmy Hill may have provided a big clue.
Here’s the exchange over the No. 66 team’s radio a few laps after Dillon’s incident and right before Hill retired from the race on Lap 138 for an electrical issue.
Timmy Hill: “I’ve lost power here.”
No. 66 team: “Power?”
Hill: “10-4. Dash is dead, dash is dead. I need you to clear. The switch, it must be the switch.”
Hill then took his car to pit road.
No. 66 crew: “The battery. Is the battery there?”
Hill: “It’s the dash … the dash, man.”
No. 66 crew: “It’s the battery. The battery is gone.”
Hill: “The battery’s gone?”
Here are some reactions from other team radios after Dillon ran over the debris.
- Clint Bowyer: “Holy… there was something on the back straightaway I thought. Somebody must have hit it. It must have been a lot bigger than I thought.”
- Adam Stevens, crew chief for Kyle Busch: “He hit a damn … it looked like a battery come out of somebody’s car and (it) ran right through the radiator.”
- “Battery’s gone out of the 66. It may be out there somewhere.”
Carl Long nominally was listed as the owner of the No. 66, but a spokesman for Long said the car was prepared by Rick Ware Racing. The team didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The exchange between Hill’s team and the reaction of other teams will be included in Tuesday’s edition of Scan All on NASCAR America.