In response to Joey Logano’s accident at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this season, NASCAR is making some changes to the rules.
Specifically, they will slow their cars 7-10 mph at Talladega and Daytona to ensure the safety of their drivers.
Changes to the NASCAR rules include the following, for Dustin Long from NBC Sports:
– Tapered spacer holes will be reduced to 53/64 inch in size. Previously, they were 57/64 in size. That is the main force that is slowing down the cars.
– Wicker will be removed from the spoiler, which will also help to slow down the cars.
– A roll bar will now be required at Talladega and Daytona events.
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All of these changes stem from an accident that Logano suffered on April 25 at Talladega. Logano’s car was pushed by Denny Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hit Logano’s car, causing it to launch through traffic and roll over.
After that accident, Logano was fine, but was bothered by the “dangerous” racing conditions that led to his accident. He also referenced that he was lucky not to end up in a similar situation to Ryan Newman.
“I guess I don’t know exactly what to think,” Logano said of the shipwreck, according to Chris Estrada of NBC Sports. “It is a product of this race. On the one hand, I’m very proud to drive a Cup car that is safe and to be able to go through a crash like that and go out there and talk about it. On the one hand, I am angry to be in the accident and on the other, I am happy to be alive.
“On the other hand, I wonder when we are going to stop because it is dangerous to do what we are doing. I have a roll bar on my head. That is not right. I’m one shot away from the same situation Ryan Newman went through. I just don’t feel like that’s acceptable.
“A lot of that is the big spoiler and the big races and all the push. It is nobody’s fault. Denny (Hamlin) is trying to leave and (Stenhouse) is trying to leave. It is a product of this race. However, we have to fix it. Someone has already been hurt and we are still doing it, so that’s not very smart. “
That someone was Newman, who was in a brutal crash at the 2020 Dayton 500 in which his car flew off after being rammed at full speed. The accident left Newman unconscious and in serious condition. While he prevented life-threatening injuries, his condition was a cause for concern in the hours and days after the race.
After these two brutal clashes and close calls, and Austin Dillon’s terrifying accident in 2015 At the finish line, it makes sense for NASCAR to slow the cars down a bit. The drivers will continue to be on a level playing field, so the races will remain close and exciting.
Don’t be surprised if the cars seem to be going a little slower than usual the next time NASCAR goes to Talladega and Daytona.