The beneficiary rule, commonly referred to as the "lucky dog" or "free pass", is a rule in some motor racing leagues allowing the closest lapped driver to the front of the field to gain back a lap when a caution is called. The driver is called to move to the end of the longest line of the cars at the end of that caution period. This rule was instituted to prevent drivers from racing back to the start/finish line when a caution was called.
The rule was first implemented by NASCAR in the 2003 seasons of their three national series, and in all NASCAR-sanctioned series by 2005.
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... The rule applies regardless of the number of laps a car is behind the leader ... Furthermore, a driver may not receive a beneficiary rule lap in certain situations The driver caused the situation bringing out the yellow ... This rule may be waived if the driver passes the leader and regains his lap back, and then is passed back ...
... to Jayski.com, seven drivers have won a race being the beneficiary in NASCAR Sprint Cup alone, with two drivers doing it twice. 2006, finished 25th Jimmie Johnson, 3, Pocono, August 2009, finished 13th NOTE Kyle Busch was the beneficiary in five consecutive caution periods at the 2006 AMD ... not on the lead lap—no matter how many laps they are behind the leader—gains one lap back per beneficiary another reason the rule is somewhat unpopular ...
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