By admin | December 14, 2011
By Richard Allen
The fans have spoken out against 2×2 racing on restrictor plate tracks and apparently NASCAR has heard.
The NASCAR on Fox television team held its pre-season production meetings on Tuesday and apparently received some inside information from the sanctioning body regarding rule changes for 2012.
According to Fox personality Larry McReynolds via Twitter, NASCAR is going to disallow the practice of drivers talking to each other on their in-car radios during the running of an event. Also, drivers will no longer be permitted to communicate with any member of another driverâ€™s crew, including spotters. The practice of inter-team communication has proven vital to forming and maintaining successful tandems throughout the course of the races on the restrictor plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega.
And further, according to McReynolds NASCAR is going to make additional changes to the cooling systems of the cars which would serve to prevent them from running in the tight 2×2 groups seen throughout 2011 on the previously mentioned tracks.
In the most recent plate track race in Talladega the practice of drivers talking to each other became a subject of significant controversy after deals were made and broken during the final laps of that race.
The 2×2 form of racing delivered record numbers of lead changes and remarkably close finishes but fans increasingly voiced their displeasure with the style. Many commented on this site and others that the racing just looked â€˜weirdâ€™ or â€˜unnaturalâ€™. Further, it doomed half the field to a finish of no better than 2nd considering that one driver had to agree to be the pusher in the tandem.
Whether these changes will actually end the practice of 2×2 racing remains to be seen but NASCAR has definitely heard the fan outcry of last season.
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