In the latest NASCAR news today, officials said that they did not need to take another look at whether Jimmie Johnson passed the leader Brad Keselowski during the final restart at Texas Motor Speedway.
Johnson passed Keselowski, taking the lead after the restart with just two laps remaining in the race before going on to win in Texas, accounting for his fifth win of the season and second consecutive win. Johnson was leading in overall standings in the race to the Sprint Cup by two points over Keselowski before going into the November 4 race and has since extended that lead to seven points.
NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton told Sporting News that under the restart rule the second place driver can't take over the leader to the starting line but officials have indicated they will not use a timing loop at the starting line or a video camera to make the call.
“You can’t govern the restarts to the transponder because then you are into regulating someone getting to the line and just rolling out of the gas and getting somebody on the outside on a black flag,” Pemberton told the news source. “If anybody thinks that those games don’t happen then it’s obvious that they’re not paying attention.”