Joe Gibbs Racing The team set a new record for the fastest pit stop NASCAR Story. The team achieved this record last weekend at Richmond Raceway in the USA Toyota owner 400. The record is set for the fastest four tire change pit stop.
It all boils down to the new single stud setup for next-gen cras and a new pit stop choreography. Where the crew previously had to use five lung nuts to attach the wheel, which was a time-consuming process, they now only have to loosen and secure a large, single eyelet, making the pit stop more efficient. Historically, race stops have regularly been 11 or 12 seconds, with a stop of 10 seconds or less being a great rarity.
Although the NASCAR Black Flagging team is disappointed Kyle Bush for using duct tape on the grill he can at least enjoy the quick pit stop his team had. JGR deducted a 9.1 second stop for Kyle Busch’s Car #18 paves the way for a whole new era in racing history, an era where we could potentially see a NASCAR tire stop at a fraction of what it used to be. The crew jumping in front of the stopping car, as the side or tail, was the main factor in the increased speed from the choreography side.
“It’s going to be interesting,” Joe Gibbs Racing owner on new NASCAR record
Joe Gibbs who owns the JGR team has been delighted with his team’s new moves and suggested the strategy is still a work in progress as the team will be analyzing the pit stop to find something new or different.
“I think it’s going to be interesting because we’ve had some of our guys with regular choreography and some with (the new one. It’s still a work in progress. We’ll analyze it and see what we think. That’s the beauty of sport, you get something new and a different way of doing something‘ said Joe Gibbs.
“We have a lot more where that came from,” Kyle Busch’s crew member
Cunningham, who works for Kyle Busch’s No. 18 team, said the team, he and the team, were nervous about jumping in front of the car as they generally prefer the rear. He continued that the team can perfect the technique and pit stop faster considering the record pit stop wasn’t even clean.
“Obviously I was a bit worried that I’ve been changing tires for 17 years and I’ve never jumped in front of a car, let alone Kyle Busch. I’ve always been a backer… We have a lot more where that came from. They weren’t even that clean of (pit) stops,” said Cunningham.
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