Bringing Back Spoiler Could Benefit Certain Drivers

Misan AkuyaCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2010

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 21:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #60 Ortho Ford, stands on the grid prior to the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2009 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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It's official NASCAR will be going to a rear spoiler.  The date will be Bristol at the earliest and Texas at the latest.  At the Goodyear tire test the four drivers participating in the test will test with the spoiler.

This spoiler will decrease downforce and make the cars to be looser and perhaps put it in the drivers hands more and put car control in the equation.

When I think of car control I think of Tony Stewart (who might just have the best car control in the sport) Carl Edwards (who never wants to see a race track repaved) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dale Earnhardt Jr (how many times was his car too loose in 2009?  Alot.  But how many times did he lose the car?  Not many times at all), Jamie McMurray (look no further than Vegas of 2009 perhaps the greatest save in NASCAR and in the 2004 allstar open), Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, and Matt Kenseth

Edwards embraces the change back to the spoiler.

"I'd much rather have no downforce," Edwards said.  "I was beating up on [NASCAR vice president of competition] Robin Pemberton to make that spoiler about an inch high, just something to keep the rear end from coming off the ground.

"That'd be fine with me. If that's the direction we're going, then I'm 100 percent all for it. You can soften the tires then, you can drive the car sideways, you'd theoretically be able to handle behind someone because you aren't relying on downforce as much.  I think all those things are good."

But wait do you think that going back the spoiler might just not change a thing and it could be just like the older car?

Think again.

With the older car teams could twist the body to a way they wanted it to be.  With the COT NASCAR has given teams a box.

So we got a box with less downforce.  I am loving this.

NASCAR is listening to the fans and I am loving it.  Bringing back the rear spoiler is going to be huge.  Not only will it look better, but decreasing downforce will put it more in the drivers hands instead of the engineers on each respective team.

2010 is shaping up to be a great season for the Sprint Cup series.  With other rule changes like bringing bump drafting back, eliminating the double yellow line, and a larger plate it is all looking uphill from here.