Burton on missing lid: 'Typically things don't fall off the cars'
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Jack Roush is prepared to take a polygraph test to prove he didn't intentionally rig the oil tank lid in Carl Edwards' car to come off during last weekend's Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.He's ready to have half of the No. 99 team and top engineers take the test as well. It might take that to convince everybody in the garage that the lid accidentally came off as Edwards rolled to his second consecutive victory. "It insults my intelligence as a race car driver when you try and tell me that you accidentally left the oil tank lid off," Elliott Sadler said before Friday's practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That was the prevailing opinion in the garage. From crew chiefs to crew members to drivers, most believe there was no way the lid accidentally came off. There also were accusations that the latches in the passenger side window were purposely left open to allow air inside the car and create an aerodynamic advantage. A picture found on the Internet showing the open latches and lid was circulated throughout the garage.
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But Roush was insistent that the infraction was an accident, bringing the lid and the bolt that came loose to the media center at AMS to explain his theory.
One thing I have learned about these race cars is typically things don't fall off the cars. We have highly trained mechanics that have rigorous check lists. But mistakes do happen. I don't know if they did it on purpose or not, nor do I claim to. But it did happen.