Whoops: NASCAR officials give wrong info to teams before race

NASCAR officials gave crew chiefs detailed race info for the STP 500 at Martinsville — except they had the stage and race lengths wrong.

Many race fans have been confused by the new formatthis year that divides Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races into three stages.

Sunday morning at Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR officials showed they're still getting used to the new format, too.After SiriusXM tweeted out the detailed procedural information officials provideto crew chiefs before every race, award-winning NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass immediately noticed something wrong — the race's stage lengths.

Here's the crew chief handout:

Were NASCAR officials confused by their own rules regarding the stages? No. Turns out those 60/120/200 stage lengths on Sunday's handouts were the lengths for last week's race at Auto Club Speedway in California. Hey, we've all done something like that before, taking a template of a document or a form letter and updatingit — without changing some vital information.

NASCAR quickly corrected the error, informing crew chiefs of the correct stage and race lengths.

Green flag for the STP 500 is 2:13 p.m. ET.


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