Beneficiary Rule - Background

Background

Before the rule was installed, drivers would "race back to the caution"; however, there was a gentleman's agreement not to race, but to slow down and not pass, to allow slower cars to get their laps back. During a September 14, 2003 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, Casey Mears came close to contacting the stalled car of Dale Jarrett while racing back to the line during a caution caused by Jarrett's crash. NASCAR chose to abandon the practice and stop racing immediately in the wake of the incident. The rule was created as a way of continuing the practice of yielding to the slower cars without sacrificing safety.

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