What's Next NASCAR? Make a Different Decision

Lee FraserCorrespondent INovember 2, 2009

BRISTOL, TN - FEBRUARY 28:  A view of a rear wing on a Car of Tomorrow, during NASCAR Car of Tomorrow testing at Bristol Motor Speedway on Febuary 28, 2007 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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At first glimpse of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series COT in February 2007, I had my own questions.

What is that thing on the front of the car that I've never seen before?

A splitter.

What's with that wing? What is it an Indy car? And what happens at Superspeedways when the car gets backwards and catches that wing?

That last question that was never answered.

We got our first preview of the COT in September of 2007. The first COT event, at the Talladega Superspeedway.

Nothing happened.

Just like at the first 2 years, nothing.  That was until Talladega earlier this season. When Carl Edwards ended up in the catch fence.  Some of it was the speeds, because they are close together.

So what do the higher ups in NASCAR do?  They shrink the holes in the restrictor plates. Why?  The speeds had nothing to do with Carl Edwards in ending up in the catch fence.

The reason is simple. That wing, and not because of the wind getting caught up in it.

It presented another problem.

With that huge, black wing on the back of the racecar, drivers behind a car can't see through the car in front of them.

That's why two cars would link up instead of four or five. Which made Brad Keselowski make the move he did, with no help behind him, and the yellow line rule, he had no other choice.

Then at Daytona in the fall.

A clean race until, the final lap.

Kyle Busch cut Tony Stewart off, and ended up slamming the outside wall, and causing just more controversy.

And what does NASCAR do?  They do what they've done since 1988.  The same old thing that has never worked.

Lets shrink the restrictor plate.

Then they also stated that they would penalize drivers for bump drafting through the corners.  Which they didnt' do.

I knew who would and would not get penalized.  None of the twelve chasers would get penalized, we all knew that. And of course their few other favorite drivers.

In one shot on ESPN on board camera, we clearly watched one car (name is forbidden on this website) bump Clint Bowyer all the way through turns three and four, and nothing but a warning.

Stick to your guns, NASCAR.

Then Ryan Newman becomes backwards on the backstretch.  And what we said would happen, happened.  The wind caught the rear wing, and flipped Newman's car over on its roof, and the thing that saved Newman from serious injury was Kevin Harvick's car.

And now what is NASCAR going to do about it?

Probably shrink the holes in the restrictor plate even more, and then say no bump drafting at all, even in a car designed for bump drafting.

Idiotic, as always. NASCAR, do something different, because we almost had a disaster yesterday.


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