KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Sprint Cup drivers remained tightlipped rather than second-guess NASCAR for the no-caution finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway last week.
Kevin Harvick passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. for his third victory of the season when Earnhardt ran out of gas in the final lap, but wouldn’t even acknowledge any controversy over the decision not to throw a yellow when Jeff Burton spun in traffic.
Earnhardt likely would have coasted to his first win in almost three years had the caution come out. He also steered clear of the issue, though he noted his fans’ bitter disappointment.
Drivers tended to be diplomatic about the issue, even while acknowledging that a caution might have aided their cause.