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Old 01-21-2010, 02:28 PM
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NASCAR is relaxing some of its rules this season, and encouraging drivers to show more aggression and emotion, in large part to answer a growing fan sentiment that the sport had gone stale.
“There’s an age old saying that NASCAR, ‘If you ain’t rubbing, you ain’t racing,’ “ NASCAR president Mike Helton said Thursday. “I think that’s what the NASCAR fan, the NASCAR stakeholders all bought into, and all expect.”
The first change will be evident when the season opens next month at Daytona International Speedway, where restrictions on bump-drafting will be lifted and horsepower will be increased by the use of the largest restrictor plate since 1989.
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NASCAR had been slowly tightening its tolerance on bumping at Daytona and Talladega—the two biggest and fastest tracks in the series, where the horsepower-sapping restrictor plates are used to control speeds—and it graduated into an outright ban issued the morning of the October race at Talladega. The edict sucked the drama out of what’s typically one of the most exciting races of the year, and was the final straw for many race fans who had grown tired of watered-down racing.
Even some drivers publicly complained, criticism that is usually frowned upon in NASCAR.
“Let us RACE,” Denny Hamlin tweeted after the Talladega drivers meeting, later adding, “We signed up to drive our cars. Not be told how to.”
He’s getting his wish.
“We will put it back in the hands of drivers, and we will say ‘Boys, have at it and have a good time,’ “ vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said Thursday.
The yellow out-of-bounds line that circles the bottom of those two tracks will remain, and Pemberton said the majority of drivers did not want that removed.
Another change coming this year will be an eventual switch from the rear wing to a spoiler on the back of the car, a design change that should both positively affect downforce and the aesthetic look that race fans prefer.
Also on tap is an organizational restructuring. The most prominent shuffle is the promotion of longtime Sprint Cup Series director John Darby into an oversight position, and NASCAR is actively looking for his replacement in a role that is effectively the top cop of the garage.
Darby’s successor could be in for a busy year, particularly if drivers answer NASCAR chairman Brian France’s call “to mix it up a little bit differently” going forward.
As NASCAR exploded over the 1990s past its small Southern roots into a billion-dollar, corporate-fueled sport, its participants seemed to morph into robotic sponsor shills too frightened to make waves. NASCAR wasn’t immune, either, and started policing on-track aggression and off-track emotion.
Intentional on-track retaliation was met with immediate punishment, while transgressions such as shoving a competitor or cursing in a television interview were met with monetary fines and/or points deductions.
Fans were incensed that the rough and tumble sport they once loved had been molded into boring, follow-the-leader racing, and their favorite drivers had become too vanilla. It wasn’t until last fall—when Hamlin waged a monthslong feud with up-and-comer Brad Keselowski, and Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya intentionally wrecked each other in the season finale—that NASCAR finally saw the lift the emotions and personalities can deliver to the sport.
So France, who in the past has been accused of being out of touch with stock car racing’s participants, began a series of offseason meetings with individual teams and drivers to poll opinion on how to re-energize the sport.
All the changes announced Thursday, as well as the promise by France that NASCAR will “loosen it up,” came from those meetings.
Still, Helton cautioned it won’t be the Wild West.
“It doesn’t mean that you get a free pass-out-of-jail card,” he said. “But it certainly means that what we are encouraging the competitors … for their character and their personality, within reason, to be unfolded.”
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It'll be the same old boring crap it's been for the last 10 years. WWF on wheels
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It'll be the same old boring crap it's been for the last 10 years. WWF on wheels
This is what the article said The first change will be evident when the season opens next month at Daytona International Speedway, where restrictions on bump-drafting will be lifted and horsepower will be increased by the use of the largest restrictor plate since 1989.
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I look forward to more "RACING"! Let the drivers drive and, within reason, regulate themselves. Definitely a move in the right direction.
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They will be airborn until another driver dies and then it will be back to "gentelman racing"

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They will try anything to save their bacon. Not only were the ticket prices going to the moon the racing plain sucked. There's no other way to put it and it showed in the stands with empty seats. I was shutting it off and had returned to drag and off road racing.

Let's not get started on the POSCOT
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I think they are gonna need some better fencing around the tracks.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:37 AM
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Unless something"Big" changes I'll probably quit watching racing when Martin retires. Its amazing how Tiger can cuss throw clubs fly off the handle etc. on any given Sunday,let a driver say sh!t or he!! after a race and they get slapped with a fine.....crazy.NASCAR seems to be moving in the way of political correctness,they won't be happy till we have a nice mixture of women,Hispanics,African Americans,and Orientals behind the wheel. Hold off yalls racists statements,wasnt meant to be,its just a fact.
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Silly llord.

Everyone knows that Orientals can't drive.
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Silly llord.

Everyone knows that Orientals can't drive.
Ucango hes pretty good
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The roots of this sport was born from moonshine runners. And I'm glad to see some of the big brother crap back off. When I go to Texas Motor Speedway I do see more of a diverse crowd now then I did before,and that is good. Can some of these other drivers compete with them will see. Saturday night circle tracks is what the picking group comes mostly from and look how young they are. Wow and with that much talent
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I just can't seem to buy in to the newbs personalities. I miss Dick Trickle running around the track with an open mask and a lit Winston hangin from his lip. Or Buddy Baker in the booth preee-dictin aaaa pho--to finish.
Kenseth, Bush, come off like pretty boy p-s-y-s complaining like bickering reality show women. Couple of the racers are cool, but overall...duds.
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Originally Posted by jtburf View Post
They will be airborn until another driver dies and then it will be back to "gentelman racing"

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Who got "airborn" and died?
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I will add - If they want to put restrictions on something make it the # of times a sponsers name can be used in an on track interview.
"I would like to thank the (sponser's name) team for putting together a great (sponser's name) car for today's (sponser's name) race. The (sponsers name) car was running really well here today at (sponsers name) track..."
Its a little too much.
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Sounds to me like they are doing the right things. I enjoy restrictor racing. At least they have the balls to get away from this PC that is killing the fun in everything.

The NFL could wake up too. Whats wrong with an end zone celebration? If your team does not like it then don't let em in.
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Originally Posted by starmonk View Post
I will add - If they want to put restrictions on something make it the # of times a sponsers name can be used in an on track interview.
"I would like to thank the (sponser's name) team for putting together a great (sponser's name) car for today's (sponser's name) race. The (sponsers name) car was running really well here today at (sponsers name) track..."
Its a little too much.

Agree with that too! And stop walking around with your friggen sponsors drink and have to take a swig every time a camera is around.
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Who got "airborn" and died?
Ok I will grant you there should have been a comma between airborn and died. That said cars now get airborn at the slap of a fender, and lets see didn't Dales death bring on a new set of rules?

Not saying they are/were bad just racing changed after his passing...


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The Hans device it was available he Dale chose not to use it. Now it's mandated
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Put a case of shine in the trunks and run what you brung. Build the cars as safe as you can and let them race.
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Originally Posted by starmonk View Post
I will add - If they want to put restrictions on something make it the # of times a sponsers name can be used in an on track interview.
"I would like to thank the (sponser's name) team for putting together a great (sponser's name) car for today's (sponser's name) race. The (sponsers name) car was running really well here today at (sponsers name) track..."
Its a little too much.
I think John Force is the king of that. They all seem like amatures compared to him.
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