The 30 year-old driver and 2012 Sprint Cup Champion sat in an office chair inside the NASCAR hauler, just feet away from the southern end of the series’ garage facility. A sliding glass door and two police officers kept any unauthorized visitors from trying to talk to him.
Little more than 45 minutes had passed since the conclusion of the night’s race, but it had felt like many more, at least to me.
The Team Penske driver would later say that during his visit to hauler, where he met with NASCAR President Mike Helton and vice president of competition and racing development Robin Pemberton, behind a door with a reflective glass window, he “just explained what happened. I don’t think they had a full picture of what happened, so I just told them exactly everything that happened. It was a long story.”
A lot can happen in 45 minutes.