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Friday, December 16, 2011
NASCAR Moves To Stop Two-Car Drafts
NASCAR has announced changes to the rules package for January's Preseason Thunder test at Daytona International Speedway, in preparation for the Speedweeks 2012. The changes were implemented as a result of information gathered during recent tests at Talladega Superspeedway in October and Daytona in November.
The new rules package includes changes to the cooling system in an attempt to reduce the two-car drafting. It is headlined by a smaller radiator – maximum two-gallon capacity – with a smaller, half-gallon overflow tank and a radiator inlet located closer into the center of the front bumper. The new package also includes a mandated softer sprint rate, a reduction in rear spoiler size and a restrictor plate size of 29/32 inch; 1/64 inch larger than that used in the 2011 Daytona 500.