Every week, TicketForce brings you news on one of four industries: racing, sports, theatre, or music. This week’s #RacingWrap reports on challenges at the recent Sprint Cup race in Dover this past weekend.
When officials walked the track Sunday morning before the race, they did not have any safety concerns. Despite not having any concern prior to the race, racing fans and drivers alike faced a major surprise at Dover International Speedway when hidden potholes kicked up concrete. The race was red-flagged for 22 minutes, 160 laps in, causing major delay.
Both the pedestrian crossover bridge and driver Jamie McMurray’s car were damaged from concrete that had been broken up during the race. While the bridge was able to be duct taped for a temporary fix, crews were not allowed to work on cars so as to not provide any advantages. A hydraulic cement was applied by officials to temporarily suppress the potholes but there will be a permanent repair before the next race on September 28th.
Despite the inconvenience and added obstacle the track imperfections caused, Jimmie Johnson emerged victorious after leading 272 of the 400 laps. This win marks his 9th track victory.