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NASCAR Cup: teams struggle with new pit guns at Atlanta Motor Speedway

HAMPTON, GA – FEBRUARY 25: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Snickers Almond Toyota, and Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Liberty National Chevrolet, take the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 25, 2018 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)


Multiple teams had issues with the NASCAR-issued and NASCAR-mandated pit guns during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, the most notable of those being the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team of Kevin Harvick and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team of reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr.

Harvick and Truex both managed top-five finishes, with Harvick taking a win after a dominant performance. After winning the opening 85-lap stage, Harvick lost positions on pit road as the result of a malfunctioning pit gun. The issue resulting in another trip down pit road to make sure all lug nuts were properly secured and a restart in the back of the lead lap.

Truex worked his way into the top-five by a lap-30 competition caution after starting the race in the back as a result of not making a qualifying attempt Friday. He ran as high as second in the race before his team struggled through multiple pit-gun problems.

“They’re pieces of shit,” Truex’s crew chief Cole Pearn said about the NASCAR-mandated guns, as quoted by an NBC Sports report.

Harvick’s crew chief, Rodney Childers, was more understanding.

“I have to be honest, the people that took that on have really done an outstanding job,” Childers said, as quoted in a article. “There’s no way I could sit up here and complain about anything they’ve done, because I can’t imagine taking that on during the winter, and what they did over a two-month span or a three-month span trying to get all that stuff ready for the teams. My opinion is we’re going to go through ups and downs, and we need to go through them together and learn together, and (having problems is) part of it.”

The No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team of Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team also reported pit-gun issues in the Atlanta race.

NASCAR issues teams three of the guns — one for rear tire changes, one for front changes and a spare. Busch’s team was issued an extra gun because of an air-pressure problem. Pearn said his team went through three pit guns before finding one that worked properly.

The problem for Harvick’s team was, reportedly, the result of a disconnected air hose.

NASCAR Senior Vice President Steve O’Donnell said during an interview on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday that the problem was “something we’re going to review. We never want to see failures with any part or piece. We’ll have conversations and get it right. We want it to be in hands of drivers and teams. We’ll head to Vegas and hopefully get that cleaned up.”

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