Friday, January 22, 2010

NASCAR emphasize back to basics racing in 2010.

Yesterday on the final day of the NASCAR Media Tour or Charlotte Media Tour, NASCAR officials unveiled several rules changes and adjustments for the 2010 NASCAR racing season. The new rule changes and adjustments are meant to put the racing back into the driver’s hands.

∙ The first major change is that the rear wing will be replaced with the old rear spoiler, the change will take effect sometime in 2010 after a NASCAR test at Charlotte Motor Speedway that is scheduled for March 23-24, 2010.

I’ve been waiting for the old rear spoiler to return since the COT debuted, but I did try and at least give it a change. One thing NASCAR fails to understand is that NASCAR is stock car racing, “Race (or win) on Sunday, Sell on Monday”, it’s a stock appearing car that you can buy on the showroom floor. The rear wing, let along the COT isn’t a stock appearing car (or item) and that’s not what most fans want to see.

The COT is a prototype car, NASCAR could have said that, but it’s called a four door sedan. Now it’s sort of like Danica Patrick, it’s a wait and see type deal, neither Danica nor the new “old” rear spoiler has been proven. But I’m looking forward to seeing both in action.

∙ NASCAR will stop policing the bump-drafting at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway however the yellow-line rule will stay in effect.

NASCAR fans have seen bump drafting at superspeedways for decades now, it’s nothing new. At the same time, it doesn’t matter what NASCAR does at the superspeedways, there will always be wrecks, flipping cars and more, its superspeedway (high speed) racing, of course that’s short of stop racing at Daytona or Talladega period which I can live with at Talladega, but not at Daytona.

However I love the fact that NASCAR kept the yellow-line rule. Its drivers like Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch especially that will go below the yellow line to make a pass and make the other drivers above the yellow-line move up to complete the pass. Nobody needs an example for Kyle Busch, just watch him drive at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Truck race, below the line or the 2009 NASCAR All-Star race, but for Jeff Gordon…

It was the Daytona 500 years ago, Rusty Wallace was leading and Jeff Gordon went below the line to make the pass heading into turn 1, Wallace had pull up to let Gordon in. I believe you will find the year to be between 1997-1999, I believe Jeff Gordon might have won that race. The point, it’s either pass or a wreck, removing the yellow-line rule would create more wrecks, and with asphalt almost all the way around, there’s a lot of room for passing.

∙ NASCAR will use a larger restrictor plate (63/64th of an inch) at Daytona and Talladega.

∙ The Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series will implement a limit of 15 crew members for each team at every race. The number includes the driver, crew chief and spotter. Both series will have double-file restarts all year long, standard pit stops with four tires and fuel on the pit stops. NASCAR unveiled a new fuel dump can that eliminates the need for a catch can.

It’s nice to see that the Truck Series will have double-file restarts and standard pit stops, 2009 sure did need both. But what about bring the new fuel can to the Cup Series that would save teams money.

It was kind of funny hearing “We will put it back in the hands of the drivers and we will say, ‘Boys, have at it, and have a good time,’” NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said. (Quote from article)

But, I how just wonder far things will go before NASCAR changes things once again.