NASCAR Adjusts Fueling Rule for Truck Series
February 25, 2009
NASCAR has added another pit stop rule for the Camping World Truck Series, and this time it forces pit crews to use only one crewman to fuel the truck. Earlier this year, NASCAR instituted the rule that allowed only five crewmen over the wall during a pit stop, along with the rule that a team could no longer change tires and add fuel on the same pit stop.
Prior to this year's changes, teams were allowed to change tires and add fuel on the same stop with a maximum of seven crew members. Five crewmen would change tires, one would fuel the vehicle, and the remaining crew member would hold a catch can for fuel overflow. With the new rules in effect last week at Daytona International Speedway, pit crews used two crewmen to fuel the vehicles on fuel stops, since it takes two gas cans of fuel to fill a tank. Now limited to one crewman to supply fuel, teams will go back to the original way where the fuel man would hand the empty gas can to a crew member, then receive a second gas can.
The rule change was announced during the prerace drivers meeting on February 21 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.