NEWS & NOTES

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

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.

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