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NASCAR America: ‘Pandora’s box’ opened with Martin Truex Jr. penalty

Martin Truex finishes 10th in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway after being penalized for passing on the inside of the pit road to get to his pit box.

The NASCAR America crew of Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett and Brian Vickers discuss the pit road penalty Martin Truex Jr. received at Kentucky Speedway.

The crew shows that this wasn’t the only example of a car passing another one on pit road this season.

“There are examples where we’ve seen this and that’s what makes this complicated,’' Burton said. “In Martin Truex’s defense, he can truly say ‘I’ve done nothing different than what I’ve seen other people do without penalty and you guys decided to penalize me.’

“I do believe NASCAR did it because it was more blatant, it was more clear and they felt like some drivers had started to complain about it a little bit, but I wish what they would have done was at the drivers meeting play a video and said, ‘OK guys here’s what we’re seeing, we’re not going to let this go on.’ They’ve opened Pandora’s box now. Now, if you get passed by a car length or two inches it’s not going to matter which difference it is, that’s the problem I have. I just wish NASCAR would have addressed it before the race or when they started to feel like this was a problem, not when the problem happened on a particular night.’'