Ray Black Jr. ran his second career Cup Series race on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, and his day was disastrous almost from the very beginning of the race.
Black struggled during a pit stop early in the race as he overshot the stall, and that was pretty much a sign of things to come for the 26-year-old.
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Black eventually had to pull his car into the garage, and when he returned to the track, he finished the race 34th and was 29 laps behind the leader. Not exactly how he or his team at Rick Ware Racing envisioned the race going, and it left many wondering why he was even allowed back on the track.
FrontStretch writer Michael Finley said Black shouldn't have been allowed to return to the track since he was so many laps behind.
"It should be pretty obvious by know that Black shouldn't have been out there for as long as he was allowed to be," Finley said. "NASCAR really needs to look at raising the minimum speed at races next season, with how often the No. 51 car gets lapped regardless of who the driver is, they shouldn't be able to race and get in the way of everybody else on the racetrack. Are they trying to build a program? Yes, but that doesn't stop them from just starting and parking instead."
It's something NASCAR officials will have to look into this offseason as several drivers have complained about it. Imagine if the caution had come out for Black late in the race when he was 29 laps behind and it had impacted the winner? It would have been a terrible look for the sport.
If or when Black returns to the track, hopefully he has a better performance than what happened at Texas.