During Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway, Jimmy Watts, gasman for JTG Daughtery Racing’s No. 47 Toyota, driven by Marcos Ambrose, ran onto the infield grass during the race to retrieve a tire that rolled away during a pit stop.
The infield grass is a prohibited area, thus NASCAR threw the caution, pinning all but six cars a lap down because the incident came during green flag pit stops. The caution would have been thrown had Watts not run onto the grass, as the tire was approaching the racing surface, but NASCAR may have waited until grenn flag stops had cycled through.
Watts was suspended for the remainder of the event. He said:
I saw the tire going away and it was a reaction — the wrong one.
Watts hopes to be back at the Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway, but he is waiting for word from NASCAR of whether or not they will assess any more penalties.