Tire-Chasing Crew Member Suspended 4 Races

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The crew member who chased a tire across pit road, forcing NASCAR to throw a race-changing caution at
Atlanta Motor Speedway, has been suspended four races.

Jimmy Watts was also placed on probation through the end of the
year. He works for Marcos Ambrose's crew, and was not allowed to
finish Sunday's race at Atlanta.

He chased a rolling tire across pit road and into the infield
grass when it got away from Ambrose's stall during a round of
green-flag stops 67 laps into the race. NACAR called a caution and
the action put more than half the field at least one lap down.

NASCAR rule prohibit crew members may not go on the race track
while cars are racing or while cars are running under yellow or red
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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