During the drivers meeting prior to the Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Carl Edwards stood up from his seat and challenged, when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Director David Hoots opened the floor from questions from the drivers, his fellow Sprint Cup Series drivers.
Before Edwards rose from his seat, NASCAR officials review with the drivers the pit road speed which is 55 mph, while under yellow flag conditions the car speed will be 65 mph, with a competition caution coming at Lap 20. The officials discussed the procedures for merging onto the track from pit road.
“I’d just like to say, with our speeds up so high, we all appreciate what you’re doing safety-wise,” said Edwards to the NASCAR officials. Edwards then turned his attention to his fellow competitors, as well as the crew chiefs in the room. “I challenge everyone in here, myself included, to lay off the throttle when there’s a caution and lay back a little bit. I think we can all do a better job, myself included. Thank you.”
This week speeds have been topping consistently over 200 mph at the 2 mile oval in Brooklyn, Michigan, both in qualifying and for practice. Jeff Gordon broke the previous track record with a speed of 206.558 mph lap winning the Coors Light Pole Award. Joey Logano as well as Edward were over 206 mph for qualifying, with 32 drivers of the 43 topped the 200 mph speed.
Friday, NASCAR announced an addition to the rule book that requires drivers to remain in their cars until the track or series official or the safety crews arrive, with the new rule starting immediately for practice, qualifying and the race.