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5 things you didn't know about cautions

By Times Staff Writer
Published June 13, 2004

1. There have been 16 fewer cautions this season in Nextel Cup, but 75 more caution laps.

2. There are an average of 10.5 more caution laps per race since NASCAR banned racing back to the yellow flag in September.

3. NASCAR uses transponders and computer timers to attempt to position cars in proper order once the pace car "catches" or pulls in front of the lead pack.

4. NASCAR officials radio each driver and instruct them where to line up for the restart.

5. If a driver thinks he should be in front of someone, he pulls alongside the other driver's car to signal officials he wants the scoring rechecked.

[Last modified June 13, 2004, 01:00:13]


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