In response to Joey Logano’s crash at the Talladega Superspeedway earlier this season, NASCAR is changing its rules.
Specifically, they will be reducing the speed of their cars by around 7-10 mph in Talladega and Daytona to ensure the safety of their drivers.
The changes to NASCAR’s rules include the following, according to NBC Sports’ Dustin Long:
– Tapered spacing holes will be reduced to 53/64 inch. Previously they had a size of 57/64. It is the main force that reduces the speed of cars.
– The wicker will be removed from the spoiler, which will also help slow cars.
– A roll bar will now be mandatory during Talladega and Daytona events.
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These changes all stem from an accident suffered by Logano on April 25 in Talladega. Logano’s car was pushed by Denny Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. collided with Logano’s car, causing him to leap through traffic and overturn.
In the aftermath of this accident, Logano was fine, but he was upset by the “dangerous” racing conditions which led to his accident. He also mentioned that he was lucky not to find himself in a situation similar to Ryan Newman’s.
“I guess I’m not sure what to think,” Logano said of the wreck, according to Chris Estrada of NBC Sports. “It’s a product of this race. On the one hand, I’m so proud to drive a safe Coupe car and to be able to go through such a crash and talk about it. On the one hand, I’m crazy to be in the crash and on the other hand, I’m happy to be alive.
“On the other hand, I wonder when we’re going to stop because it’s dangerous to do what we’re doing. I have a hoop in my head. It’s not good. I’m one step away from the same situation Ryan Newman just went through. I don’t think that’s acceptable.
“That’s a lot of the big spoiler, the big runs and all the pushes. It’s nobody’s fault. Denny (Hamlin) tries to go and (Stenhouse) tries to go. a product of this race. We have to fix it though. Someone’s been injured before and we still do, so it’s not really smart. “
That someone was Newman, who experienced a brutal wreckage in the 2020 Dayton 500 who saw his car take off after being hit at full speed. The accident left Newman unconscious and in serious condition. Although he avoided life-threatening injuries, his condition was worrying in the hours and days after the race.
After those two brutal wrecks and close calls, and Austin Dillon’s spooky 2015 finish line crash, it makes sense for NASCAR to slow the cars down a bit. The drivers will always be on a level playing field so the races will continue to be close and exciting.
Don’t be surprised if the cars seem to be going a little slower than usual the next time NASCAR hits Talladega and Daytona.