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Ten Rejected Code Phrases to Intentionally Bring Out a Caution

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We all saw the Richmond race Saturday and we know there was a caution caused because Clint Bowyer had a nasty rash on his arm and in trying to scratch it through his five-layer Nomex suit with heavy gloves on, he lost control and spun out (this was also his excuse when he narrowly missed me at Michigan, which I completely believe).

Some people believe “does your arm itch” was a code. Nah. It couldn’t be. It was too silly to be code.

Here are some others phrases that were rejected because of their innate silliness:

10. Hey we need a yellow, can you spin out?

9. The leader is coming. Spin out now before we get lapped.

8. The guy that said he is going to wreck you is about to catch you. You should spin out now before he wrecks you first.

7. The flagman has to pee. Can you cause a caution and give him time for a break?

6. This race is boring, can you spin out?

5. Your teammate is about to miss the Chase, can you spin out?

4. If you spin out now, the spotter on the 93 says he’ll give you $20.

3. Spin out now so Utter can write 2000 words on how we conspired to do this.

2. We could use a debris caution. Go hit something so part of the nose piece is laying on the track.

1. Spin out now before NASCAR waves a phantom yellow for that hot dog wrapper laying next to the wall in the middle of turn three.

As you can see, so many of these are blatantly obvious so it’s no wonder they were rejected. NASCAR teams science everything out now and many of them have code-breakers working in the bowels of the transporter to create secret codes if and when the need arises to create a caution. Surely “does your arm itch” would never have cleared MWR’s Sr. VP of Code Creation of Development.

Okay, it’s a busy day at NASCAR R&D. We’re figuring out how to screw Brian Scott out of another win this weekend. Gotta get back to it.

I am an orange traffic cone, living the NASCAR dream one race at a time

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