C-c-changes Everywhere

The winds of change are blowing through NASCAR. We're not talking a gentle breeze here, so much as we're talking about gale force winds....   That's just the beginning. NASCAR's penalty system has been spelled out. While wins won't be stripped away from violators, nonetheless the governing body believes they have laid out what teams and fans can expect if chicanery has been uncovered, not the least of which a structure for addressing repeat offenders. While there's a list of infractio ...

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Is Carl Edwards The Voice Of Reason?

"I think the thing we have to focus on as a sport is making sure the cars can race one another." Ladies and Gentleman, we present the "Voice of Reason," Carl Edwards. It's the cars, NASCAR! If you fix the cars so that the racing is good, the rest really doesn't matter. If the fan can walk away from a Sunday afternoon or a Saturday evening feeling like they've watched a good battle for a win, you can give the guys 10 points, you can give them a hundred. Thank goodness someone grabbed the ...

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EDWARDS & STEWART NOT BLAMELESS

It’s not what fans always to hear, but it’s true; officials don’t win or lose sporting events, the participants do. Before you start throwing things at your monitor or disparaging this observer’s ancestry, think about it. Officials aren’t infallible, and they do make some horrendous calls. Worse yet, they can become magnified by the moment in which they occur. With that said, for every bad call, there are numerous win costing, competitor errors: missed shots, i ...

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WORST NASCAR RULES

What are the worst rules in NASCAR? No passing below the yellow line. Losing points for swearing. Being fired for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s continued struggles. (OK, just kidding on that last one.) List below. It's a good one. 10 lamest rules in NASCAR (SI.com) ...

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NEW RULES FORCE TEAMS TO ADJUST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ With the new rules package put in place by NASCAR prior to the Daytona 500, speeds have picked up and the guys behind the wheel have been forced to adjust the way they drive. A larger restrictor plate, a taller whicker down the back of the car and a new rear shock package have changed how the cars handle in the draft around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. Already a handling-sensitive track, the new rules package – plus NASCAR’s ‘hands-off&rsqu ...

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TOP STORY NO. 14: DOUBLE-FILE RESTARTS

Every time I have an excuse to include a scene from “Swingers,” I try and do it. My editor usually removes these clips. But when you talk about doubling down and have an excuse to see Vince Vaughn when he weighed 37 pounds, we’re all big winners.  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention double-file restarts, which got me thinking about doubling down, which you should always do on 11. WHAT HAPPENED?Back in June, NASCAR implemented double-file restarts for cars on the lead lap. ...

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