By admin | January 11, 2010
According to a tweet by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Scott Speed NASCAR is considering implementing bigger restrictor plates for the Daytona 500. This apparently coming from a meeting held between NASCAR and team members on Monday.
On his twitter page Speed’s Red Bull teammate, Brian Vickers, merely indicated that NASCAR is considering changes that would “make it better for everyone”.
Also via twitter a day later, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin concurred with Vickers that “Good things were coming”.
Drivers have long lamented the reduction of the horsepower robbing restrictor plates saying that the smaller the plate the less throttle response they have. The drivers feel this leaves them vulnerable to being caught up in accidents not of their own making because they lack the power to get away from potential trouble.
Also, larger plates would increase speed and thus put a greater premium on handling. This in theory would decrease the size of the packs cars run in throughout plate races held at Daytona and Talladega. That in turn would reduce the risk of the dreaded ‘big one’ occuring.
The amount of whatever increase is not yet known but Speed must have been fairly confident. His post did not say there might be bigger plates. He said there would be bigger plates.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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