NASCAR official explains safety team response time, “slow” caution in Truck incident

A senior NASCAR authorities stated the care ought to have been out prior to Johnny Sauter encountered the back of Trey Hutchens’ handicapped truck in Friday night’s race and the security group need to have gotten here faster to Sauter’s truck than it did.

Scott Miller, NASCAR vice president of competitors, made the remarks Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive.”

Sauter and Hutchens were not hurt in the vicious crash throughout the Outdoor camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“Obviously, the caution was slow in coming,” Miller stated. “There’s no question about that. We’ve had our internal debrief, obviously, that night; the next day before the Xfinity race.

“A few things played into that. No excuses.”

Right before the event, Matt Crafton’s truck boiled down pit roadway with smoke routing. Hutchens had a tire decrease in Turn 3 and rode near the wall wanting to reduce the track to get in pit roadway. He was not able to do so and slowed near the wall beyond Turn 4.

“They were coming pretty hard,” Hutchens stated. “They probably needed to throw the yellow a little sooner.”

Sauter was amongst a group of trucks that came across Hutchens’ automobile and knocked into the back of it. Sauter was uninformed Hutchens’ truck existed.

Miller discussed why the care didn’t come out faster.

“With it happening simultaneously to the 88 (Crafton) coming down pit road, I think most of our attention was focused on the 88 right then trying to determine whether or not we had potential fluid out there on the race track,” Miller informed SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

“Our turn spotter did see the 14 (Hutchens) up against the wall. The 14 made a move toward pit road and the turn spotter thought he made it to pit road before (Hutchens) made it outside of (the turn spotter’s) view. Kind of perfect storm there a little bit. No excuse again, but the paint job on the 14 was a super dark purple and the (truck) got up against the wall. Our flagman didn’t see it sitting there. And it led to a very, very unfortunate, unfortunate accident.

“A lot of things stacked up right there. Caution should have been out, not denying that. A lot of things led to that.”

Miller likewise attended to the action of the security group.

The very first security team member reached Hutchens’ truck about 45 seconds after the event.

A security automobile took more than 90 seconds to reach Sauter’s truck after it dropped in the location utilized as a chicane for the Roval. Sauter dropped his window internet — the motorist’s signal that he is not hurt — about 30 seconds prior to the security truck showed up.

“Responding to two incidents is always tricky when we’re trying to get the field captured and all that,” Miller informed SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “We could have also done a better job there. Got to the 14 in plenty of time. The 13 (Sauter’s truck), the response time probably wasn’t 100 percent of what it should have been, but there’s a lot of mechanics and a lot of moving parts in getting all that done. Every time we have one of these, we learn how to do things better.”

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