NEWS & NOTES
MORE EXPERIMENTATION Two tracks that NASCAR used last season to test vastly different aerodynamic configurations in race settings will again be the sites of modified rules for Sprint Cup teams as the series continues to seek an improved on-track product. This month’s race at Michigan Speedway (June 12) and July’s race at Kentucky Speedway will see all competing cars race with a smaller front splitter on the nose of the car as well as a reduced rear spoiler on the trunklid. The smaller spoiler, reducing from 3.5 inches to 2.5 inches, will also necessitate a modification to the fin that runs along the rear window of each Cup vehicle. The new configuration was tested recently at Michigan with four teams that were taking part in a Goodyear tire test at the track. RULES CLARIFICATION Diverting to pit road when a crash occurs on the frontstretch has long been a common avoidance tactic in racing, but it’s a move that’s fraught with potential danger to officials, pit crews and fans standing on the other side of the small pit wall. Drivers don’t receive speeding penalties for the evasive actions, but they are required to slow down if they do enter pit road. NASCAR officials had apparently seen a few instances of drivers failing to heed that rule and provided updated expectations in Sunday’s drivers meeting before the Coca-Cola 600. In the clarifications, NASCAR said that they would expect drivers to slow to pit road speed as soon as possible and that a pit road camera would be used to determine appropriate positioning when they returned to the track. Drivers, officials said, would not retain the position that they had before entering pit road.