I am sorry friends but I am so sick of the outlaws right now. I am listening to dirtvision for the race in NY, and Steve Buckwalter was on the pole of heat 2. He gets the lead and immediately the yellow is thrown for Buckwalter jumping. According to Gibson, "outlaw officials felt that Buckwalter jumped the start." He's on the pole! I am believing that the outlaw officials are not even trying to hide it anymore. How do you throw the yellow on guy on the pole, but not throw with a guy going from 4th to 1st before hitting the start-finish line on the night before. UNBELIEVABLE!
I did not see it nor did I hear it, but yes, the pole sitter can be called for "jumping" the initial start. On initial starts, they put a chalk line in turn 4 and the race director reminds the front row over the radio to be side by side to the line. Both front row starters are to reach the chalk line together then go.
On double file restarts, it's different. On double file restarts, the leader (whether he chooses the inside or outside) controls the start. Once the leader goes on restarts, then the entire field can go.
It also happened this season at Port Royal during the All Star race. They penalized the pole sitter on the initial start and put him back a row.