Restrictor Plate Mayhem Ensues, Talladega and Daytona to Blame

Ryan ColleyCorrespondent IApril 22, 2008

Ok, so here's the scoop. The whole restrictor plate dilemma has to be set straight.

When last year's cars were being used at restrictor plate tracks such as Daytona and Talladega, the cars were faster and needed to be slowed down, but with the move to the new COT (Car of Tomorrow), we should reconsider.

First of all, the drivers should be ok with going fast considering it's their job and with all the new safety improvements that have focused attention on car structure and retainment walls known as "safer barriers", they should be willing to take that next step above 200mph.

The Sprint Cup series cars are quite capable of reaching this goal and qualifying records have been set that have exceeded it.

The second benefit arising from the removal of restrictor plates is the open racing versus the current tight pack racing, which causes the "big one" every now and then.

Allowing the drivers to open up their engines should bring a huge boost to the sport considering they will break the 200mph barrier for the first time in years. It's not like they're going to hit 250mph, but rather they may come close to 220 with the power under the hood.

It's just something that Nascar should consider to revive the popularity of those restrictor plate haters.