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Handy: NASCARís New Five-Minute Clock Rule

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In Friday nightís NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, everyone got their first look at segment racing and the new five-minute clock rule for fixing damages on pit road. It only took until lap two for ďthe big oneĒ to strike on the famed superspeedway. Ultimately, the wreck claimed 17 trucks in the wild wreck most of which ended up having to go to the garage for damaged that was sustained.

This brings me to the new five-minute clock rule. If your unaware of the new rule a pit crew is only allotted five-minutes to fix damage on pit road. If the team goes over five minutes than that driver is forced to bring their truck or car to the garage, and ultimately out of the race. I have come across a lot of mixed feelings about this new rule on social media and from talking to other fans.

Personally, I dislike this new rule already. In the race we saw NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Terry Jones who was forced to go to the garage for the night when his pit crew spent an extra 20-30 seconds on repairs than allowed by NASCAR. 20-30 seconds extra and his night was over when he was clearly going around the track fine.

A lot of people are saying if a race car takes more than five minutes to fix on pit road than the car has no reason to be racing around damaged. I get that to a certain extent, but the race isnít over until itís over and remember itís a restrictor plate race. Even if it wasnít a restrictor plate race the races are long and a driver could come back from several laps down, with damage and win. Anything can happen.

Itíll be interesting to see if NASCAR keeps this rule going forward or if it may change over time. Itís a sport thatís constantly changing so only time will tell.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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