NASCAR ON FOX BROADCASTERS “EXCITED” & “THRILLED”
ABOUT ‘BACK-TO-BASICS’ RACING
New York, NY – In its continuing effort to get “back to basics,” NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France today announced significant rules changes that will greatly impact NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing this season.
In addition to adopting earlier and consistent start times, which were announced late last year, NASCAR will “relax some on-track rules, putting racing back in drivers’ hands in 2010.” The on-track changes announced today include: Bump-drafting rules will be eliminated at superspeedways (Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway) and teams will use bigger restrictor plates at Daytona, giving drivers more horsepower. NASCAR also announced a significant change to Sprint Cup Series cars, including replacing the rear wing with a more traditional spoiler.
NASCAR on FOX broadcasters are looking forward changes for 2010:
Race Announcer, Mike Joy:
“I am really encouraged by NASCAR’s relaxing of the bump-drafting rules, and it will lead to a really exciting Daytona 500. The strategy of drafting may change dramatically, as two cars bump drafting together can often be faster than the long freight-train drafts that we are used to seeing.”
Race Analyst, Larry McReynolds:
“NASCAR has put racing back in the hands of the drivers and that is a positive change. I’ve said all along, you can’t tell these drivers how to drive. NASCAR is not making decisions solely on its own, and that’s very important. They’re talking to drivers, teams, owners and getting their opinions and they’re listening to the fans. I really like the things NASCAR is doing and I am excited for 2010!”
Prerace & Race Analyst, Darrell Waltrip:
“When I heard NASCAR talk about losing the wing and going back to the traditional spoiler that we’ve all looked at for 50 years, I was thrilled! Losing the wing will give cars that conventional stock car look. And a bigger restrictor plate will make racing better and drivers happier. It’s a change that a fan won’t see or feel, but the driver will. It will give them so much more throttle response. It’s like swapping a four cylinder engine for a V8.”
Waltrip on the Yellow Line Rule Staying Put (For Now): “I understand the concern about eliminating the yellow line completely, but I’d be in favor of the boundary rule being waived for the final lap. Drivers will give it everything they have and we’ll all get to see more exciting finishes. Regan Smith would have won Talladega and Carl Edwards would have won Talladega last year, if we didn’t have the yellow line rule on the last lap. I’m glad NASCAR will continue to look at it for the future.”