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They Lost the Track! Where Did Pocono Go During the Fog Delay?

It was odd. First Turn 1  and thn Turn 2 vanished in a thick pea soup-like weather phenomenon on Monday, bringing the Pennsylvania 400 to an early conclusion. Heard across social and broadcast media were explanations about what “losing the track” actually meant; a clarification needed when nobody could actually see the racing surface. S0…where do you think Pocono went when it was “lost” in the fog?

1.) Long Island Sound:  Alarmed by the extreme low visibility and thought it would go study this thing called fog, how it works, and how to get rid of it.  Got lost on the Sound on a tug boat and was unable to return.

2.) Carribbean: The Tricky Triangle had his flight booked for a year. Concerned with the heavy fog it left early in case the plane was grounded.  It was not giving up the sunshine and warm temperatures!

3.) Mid-Ohio:  Often overheard references in the broadcast booth, so it went to see a a real road course.

4.)  Went in search of Turn 4  #WhatTurn4

5.) Felt an undeniable urge to find Antonio Bay.  (See The Fog)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080749/

6.) Went to Outer Banks of North Carolina for a Lighthouse Tour. It might be a good idea to have one installed…

7.) There was a bus tour of Trenton, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee.  Simply had to cross that item off the Bucket List

8.) Panicked at sight of the fog, feared a repeat of London’s Killer Fog of 1952 http://www.history.com/news/the-killer-fog-that-blanketed-london-60-years-ago  and left.

9.) Somebody came over the Pocono PA and announced a tornado warning, so the track sought shelter.

10.) Found Cloud Nine on the infield and gave it up for the day.  That rookie needed a break, anyway.

SOMETHING SHINY

Timing lines on pit road have been tightened up even more in an attempt to keep the cars within speed limits for the Sprint Cup Series.  During his media availability on Saturday, Aric Almirola compared a NASCAR driver on pit road watching their tach in an attempt to avoid speeding to texting while driving.  He wondered why NASCAR doesn’t have limiters, like many other racing series, that would physically prevent their cars from speeding and allow the drivers to stay focused on the road.  It’s a very good question.

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