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NASCAR investigates NASCAR

Over track safety, which is unlikely to truly fix the problem. Those sorts of studies never do. And that’s especially true when the issue is so fundamental as two of NASCAR’s most famous tracks (Daytona and Talladega) are simply too fast, thus creating the need for restrictor plates. Restrictor plate racing produces pack racing, which greatly increases the chances of “the big one” — accidents involving multiple cars, which in turn increases the chances of spectators getting injured. The solution? Reducing the extreme banking at Daytona and Talladega would go a long way towards eliminating the need for restrictor plates. Odds that happens? Slim to none.

One Response to “NASCAR investigates NASCAR”

  • Feb
    27
    2013

    I’ll have to respectfully disagree. No NASCAR homer here, but the Dale investigation led to literally dozens of life-saving changes, including soft walls and HANS. In fact, almost every form of car racing (F1, NHRA and other major sanctions) adopted similar HANS rules after NASCAR did.
    Protecting drivers ensures the $$$ continues to roll; protecting fans? Same $$$ consideration. While they may not lower the banking, they’ll do something that’ll at minimum help the problem.
    I still think V6′s unrestricted would solve the problem in the short term; they can’t go 196 in a pack with six cylinders.

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