Another oft-used term, Free pass, was first used by Mike Joy during the 2004 broadcast of the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. Sometimes, Larry McReynolds, especially during the 2004 season, would refer to it as a pardon (sometimes accompanied by "from the Oval Office"; "Oval Office" is a term referring to the NASCAR mobile office and the proper series logo), and sometimes Darrell Waltrip uses it only for the #38 Robert Yates Racing Ford and later #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, because that car is sponsored by Mars, Incorporated, which manufactures the Pedigree dog food brand.
It is used by MRN Radio and Fox Sports by its main announcers, and is used by the Fox graphics package.
(Note that starting in 2007, TNT's coverage is produced by Fox Sports; as part of the 2009 restart rule changes, the TNT graphics package states the driver with the Free Pass and Wave-Around before the restart.).
Since 2001, Fox’s first as a NASCAR broadcast partner, Joy has teamed with Hall of Fame driver Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds to form the network’s broadcast team. Joy has broadcast most major forms of American motorsports for television and radio.
Prior to joining FOX in 2001, Joy anchored CBS Sports’ coverage of the Daytona 500 from 1998-2000 after earning his stripes as a pit reporter for 15 years.
Joy called “The Great American Race” for Motor Racing Network (MRN) Radio from 1977-‘83. The 2016 Daytona 500 marks his 16th as the lead TV race announcer, and the 40th Daytona Speedweeks in which he has been part of live broadcast coverage.
He is a charter member of the prestigious NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, and in December 2013, was named sole media representative on the Hall's exclusive Nominating Committee. Joy also serves on the voting panel for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
On Speed Channel and ESPN the term Aaron's "Lucky Dog" (which is the Aaron's corporate mascot, and is part of its branding) is used. During ESPN broadcasts, it is used only when it is officially awarded. During ESPN broadcasts, Jerry Punch follows the code established by ESPN producer Neil Goldberg, using Free Pass (which was Goldberg's policy on Fox).
Punch buggy (also called punch bug, punch car, punch dub, piggy punch, slug bug, or beetle bug ) is a car game generally played by children in which participants punch each other on the arm upon first sight of a Volkswagen Beetle while calling out "Punch buggy!" or "Slug bug!" in reference to the Beetle's nickname, the Bug. The color of the Beetle is also stated.
In the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the term VTech Free Pass is a contigency award among drivers who were Beneficiaries during the race. The highest-finishing driver who had earned a Beneficiary Rule lap wins a CAD 1,000 prize.
Ram Trucks used the CAD from 1994-2001. In 2002 it was phased out of the 2500 and 3500, leaving some late models without a CAD system. Ram 2013 model year trucks began using a CAD system again, this time electronically controlled instead of vacuum.