By admin | April 20, 2009
By Steve Monday
By Steve Monday
NASCAR has long described itself as ‘fair and balanced’ regarding its regulations, rule interpretations, and any type of rule infraction punishment that is enforced.
In most cases, NASCAR decisions have been fair and balanced regarding these issues.
However, the suits in Daytona Beach are becoming seemingly more obsessed in restricting the so called ‘gray areas’ of the sanctioning body’s rule book and the creative ways of interpreting the rules.
The recent decision to tear down and inspect a race team’s engine at the NASCAR Tech Center is just another step to further hamper a race team’s engine building creativity.
Having an engine torn down and inspected at the Tech Center isn’t a bad idea. However, having said inspection and tear down take place in full view of any NASCAR team member that chooses to attend is.
Engine R & D takes place 24/7/365. Not only is R & D on race engines time consuming, it is very expensive as well.
Race teams spend large amounts of money and energy looking for 2- 3 additional gain in horsepower.
The engine builders that are creative and hard working will find those gains. They should not be punished by having their hard work and ’speed secrets’ revealed for all the world to see.
Contrast that to how NHRA Pro Stock engine tear downs and inspections are conducted. Only the NHRA inspectors and a race team member from that team are present. No other team has exposure to another team’s engine.
With the Car of Tomorrow spec Car, rear shocks, spring rates, and rear end gear limitations imposed by NASCAR, race teams are becoming more and more limited in ways to go fast than ever before.
I am afraid this process will continue to erode the competitive spirit of the teams and will continue to beg the question “Has NASCAR leveled the playing field too much?”
Steve Monday is a guest columnist for RacingWithRich.com.
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