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.


  1. Why can't they come up with a system to just let the drivers drive and not be watching the temp gauge for three and a half hours?

  2. Seems like the 2 car drafts were safer than the pack racing. I thought "safety" was #1? No?

  3. Anonymous1:59 PM

    Just change the way the front and rear bumpers match( or unmatch)

  4. Anonymous2:24 PM

    Will be some engine issues at Daytona and Dega

  5. Anonymous2:30 PM

    Since we now have FI.. Why cant NASCAR just change the settings on the FI so they wont need restricter plates..?

  6. don henley4:26 PM

    They are using electronic fuel injection computer controlled it’s a mathematical equation. They all know this that’s how the control pit road speed the can stop acceleration at 200MPH and let them race without the plates and this will stop the two person draft as the car would only do 200mph drafting or not. They use this on almost every new car my truck will go like hell until 100mph then it stops accelerating. Simple

  7. Anonymous9:56 PM

    Guess NASCAR still refuses to admit they created this monster but lets be darned they won't do everything in their power to stop it. As long as the tracks are glass smooth the teams have learned enough that 2 car tandems will always be the fastest way to go barring them using a speed governor type system.

    Using the plates on an EFI engine is also pretty silly as they could just use a smaller throttle body and EFI setting to limit speeds.

  8. Anonymous12:18 AM

    Everyone complaining about the two car drafting is what brought theses changes. Why not just shut up let the track(s) age and see what happens. If they go two by two or a big pack I don't care. I just want to see some racing.

  9. Admittedly I'm not a fan of two car drafting because if your the pusher, your at the mercy of the pushee. If the pushee isn't watching what he's doing, your wrecked. If he finds his friend and dumps you, your going to the back. Not something I enjoy.

    I do hope that these changes bring back more of the pack style racing with a bit of the 2 car tandem mixed in to jazz things up because then I think plate racing will be very entertaining to watch.

    Just my .02