One Way NASCAR Drivers Can Get France’s Attention

  Click! Once again, NASCAR plays Russian roulette at a restrictor plate track, and no one dies. Like you, I suspect that in another day and time, we would all be writing memorials to Austin Dillon. He made it out alive, and so have the fans injured by the flying debris from Dillon's car, as we witnessed another episode of carnage on the final lap at Daytona International Speedway. We are reminded that 43 cars bunched together at 200 mph is a high-risk proposition. Put those 43 cars ...

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Time To Toss Out The Plates?

Business is picking up again in metal recycling. Wednesday's practice at Daytona International Speedway saw more stuff get wadded up than a novelist with writer's block. Can you imagine the fist pounding back at the shop? As of right now, it appears one of the victims, Dave Blaney, will be packing it in, and another Daytona favorite, Trevor Bayne, may have his chances of making the show jeopardized by the mayhem triggered when Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth nudged each other. This is racing ...

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Sympathy For The Superspeedway

Just like the good ol' USA, NASCAR Nation has its polarizing issues. Instead of Obamacare and taxes, one debate among NASCAR fans has to do with racing on the superspeedways, also known as the "restrictor plate tracks." The metal devices that resemble a slice of Swiss cheese, restrict airflow and limit speed- this coming after Bobby Allison's car took out a section of fencing at Talladega in 1987 and injured several fans with flying parts. The upshot of the move has resulted in racing i ...

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SUPERSPEEDWAY CONCERNS NOTHING NEW

CHARLOTTE _ Last week NASCAR officials met with team members and drivers to discuss possible changes coming to the sport for the fast-approaching season. Among those proposed changes are allowing drivers to bump-draft and a re-examination of the yellow line rule on the superspeedways of Daytona and Talladega.  While the yellow line rule is relatively new to NASCAR, bump-drafting and aggressiveness on the superspeedways is something that has been around for years. As restrictor plate racing ...

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TALLADEGA FLIGHTS: DAYTONA’S RESTRICTOR-PLATE SEQUEL

The title is different, but man, I swear I have seen this movie before. It's a case of another restrictor-plate race and another wild finish. The plot is slightly different and so are the players, but the catalyst remains the same. "Lose the plates," they say. "Wreckin' ain't racin'." Few would argue the second statement. The conflict of the story is what to do as an alternative. Remember Bobby Allison in the "Flight of Fancy"- the 1987 Talladega action c ...

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