Potholes suck when you’re just driving your car around at a regular speed on a regular road, but they really suck when they appear in the pavement of a speedway where NASCAR racers are driving around at high speeds attempting not to die.
That whole potential death factor is why potholes tend to be taken seriously at NASCAR races. With such safety considerations in mind, Sunday’s FedEx 400 from Dover International Speedway was red flagged so crews could fix a pesky hole in the concrete surface.
USA Today reports that the hole first appeared when Ryan Newman’s car kicked up a chunk of concrete in turn 2 near a pedestrian bridge. The concrete chunk actually made contact with Jamie McMurray’s car, causing damage. The red flag was waved to halt the race and deal with the pothole.
Both Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick say they were aware of the problematic stretch of track before the race.
Pothole drama at the race track.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) June 1, 2014