In response to Joey Logano’s crash at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this season, NASCAR is making some rule modifications.
Particularly, they’re going to lower about 7-10 mph of velocity from their automobiles at Talladega and Daytona to make sure the protection of their drivers.
NASCAR’s rule modifications embrace the next, per Dustin Lengthy of NBC Sports activities:
— Tapered spacer holes might be lowered to 53/64 of an inch in measurement. Beforehand, that they had been 57/64 in measurement. That’s the major pressure that’s dropping the velocity of the automobiles.
— Wicker might be faraway from the spoiler which may even assist to decelerate the automobiles.
— A roll bar will now be mandated at Talladega and Daytona occasions.
These modifications all stem from a crash Logano suffered on April 25 at Talladega. Logano’s automotive acquired nudged by Denny Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hit Logano’s automotive, inflicting him to launch into the air throughout visitors and flip over.
Within the aftermath of that accident, Logano was okay, however he upset with the “harmful” racing situations that led to his crash. He additionally referenced that he was fortunate to not find yourself in an identical scenario to Ryan Newman.
“I suppose I don’t know precisely what to suppose,” Logano stated of the wreck, per NBC Sports activities’ Chris Estrada. “It’s a product of this racing. On one hand, I’m so proud to drive a Cup automotive that’s secure, and that I can undergo a crash like that and get out and discuss it. On one hand, I’m mad about being within the crash and on the opposite, I’m glad to be alive.
“On one other hand, I’m questioning when we’re going to cease as a result of that is harmful doing what we’re doing. I acquired a roll bar in my head. That’s not okay. I’m one hit away from the identical scenario Ryan Newman simply went by means of. I simply don’t really feel like that’s acceptable.
“Lots of it’s the large spoiler and the massive runs and all of the pushing. It’s no one’s fault. Denny (Hamlin) is attempting to go and (Stenhouse) is attempting to go. It’s a product of this racing. We now have to repair it although. Somebody already acquired damage and we’re nonetheless doing it, in order that’s not actual good.”
That somebody was Newman, who famously suffered a brutal wreck on the 2020 Dayton 500 that noticed his automotive go airborne after being rammed at full velocity. The crash left Newman unconscious and in critical situation. Whereas he averted life-threatening accidents, his situation was of concern within the hours and days following the race.
After these two brutal wrecks and shut calls, and Austin Dillon’s scary 2015 crash on the end line, it is sensible for NASCAR to sluggish the automobiles only a bit. The drivers will nonetheless be on a stage enjoying area, so the races will proceed to be shut and thrilling.
Simply do not be stunned if the automobiles look like they are going a bit slower than traditional subsequent time that NASCAR goes to Talladega and Daytona.