Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway was far and away the warmest day NASCAR teams have raced since the implementation of the new fuel-injection systems for 2012. I know in talking to NASCAR and the folks involved in the electronic-fuel injection project that the impact of heat is definitely next on their radar.
Sure it is still early, and I am not sure that anyone knows for certain yet that it was simply the heat causing the problems that several teams experienced with fueling and engines on Sunday. We are all assuming it has to be the cause, or the biggest contributing cause, in what we saw unfold during the start of green-flag pit stops late in that race. Drivers were running out of fuel on late runs, causing incidents on the track.
On top of that you had the Chevrolets of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Regan Smith and Ryan Newman have pressure issues with the oil pump. That leads me to speculate that the problems had nothing to do with EFI.
Gordon was very vocal after his wreck a...