NASCAR is an automotive sport I’ve not watched in years. The days of Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, and Jeff Gordan are long gone, and I’ve lost interest. Still, once in a great while, I pay attention to NASCAR again. This time fifteen-year-old ARCA Menards Series driver Taylor Gray has me checking it out again.
For those who don’t know, the ARCA series is a minor, semi-professional league where drivers prepare for the big show, the NASCAR Cup Series.
This time, I’m less interested in the actual sport and more mind-blown by what Taylor Gray did at Daytona. During the 2021 NASCAR ARCA test session at Daytona, Gray decided to use his cellphone to film himself driving. Using a cellphone at any speed is super distracting and could cause an accident, or in Stock Car racing the “big wreck.” But using a cellphone going 180mph+, well, that’s just insanity. The Tweet below from @MyNameisBigCam shows the clip Gray posted to his social media.
Hey @TaylorGray17_ I’m pretty sure when your going for a @ARCA_Racing license this isn’t the proper play chief. @dgr_racing @NASCAR— cameron davidson (@MyNameisBigCam) January 16, 2021
#ARCAMenards @GeoffBodine1 pic.twitter.com/zoA9cB1G0W
I guess this may have been a good test of the built-in stabilization of his smartphone video camera. All jokes aside, Gray has been fined $1000 by NASCAR and put on probation for the entire 2021 ARCA season.
It goes without saying that driving while using a cellphone was just a poor choice. Especially when you’re sitting in a car that is going as fast as a stock car. Hopefully, Gray has learned a lesson from this and leaves the in-car video recording to the network in-car cameras going forward.
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