Andretti Defends Late Caution Call

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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October 26, 2009

John Andretti is defending NASCAR's decision not to throw a caution when he couldn't move his disabled car from the finish line at Martinsville Speedway.

Andretti crashed on the frontstretch during Sunday's race, and
NASCAR apparently believed he could move his car out of the way in
time for the field to race its way across the finish line. Because
he couldn't, the caution wasn't called until the cars were coming
out of the final turn and quickly closing in on Andretti.

He says it was not a bad call because he wasn't in an "overly
dangerous position."

Race-winner Denny Hamlin said he did not think Andretti was in
the way. But runner-up Jimmie Johnson said the flag should have
been thrown earlier for safety precautions.

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