Kenseth and Kahne had their qualifying times thrown out after inspectors discovered illegal holes in the wheel wells, which could have improved aerodynamics.
Evernham maintained the holes had been covered with duct tape that apparently fell off before the Dodge was inspected. But Pemberton said NASCAR believed the tape had been cut.
Riggs and Sadler's cars both had modifications that allowed air to leak out of the trunk area. It was discovered before qualifying and had not been announced by NASCAR before Tuesday.
Sounds to me like they got what they deserved... All these teams have a responsibility to keep up with and abide by the rules set forth by NASCAR. Even more, it sounds like they intentionally cut the holes in the wheelwhell and then taped it, knowing duct tape isn't going to hold up to 150+ MPH winds, therefore bypassing the inspection and gaining an advantage within the race when the tape comes off. Letting air pass through your trunk is an obvious aerodynamic advantage.
Official NASCAR rules are hard to find, and they do change as technology advances.
Miracl3 wrote:but u dont understand jp....at daytona its all about how aerodynamic ur car is. A couple holes could mean ur car is better then the rest.
So its wrong to have a car better than someone else? I guess every sport should limit the height, weight, and athletic ability of their players so no-one has a better team than anyone else.
Leave out athletic ability and you'll be a little closer. There's something like 30 body-style templates they can use to build their NASCAR car with, and yes they must adhere to the guidelines.
You are then left with a couple very major factors:
Driver Skill, and Pit Crew Skill.
Edit: Really your comparison is a bit backwards, they don't really limit any specifics about the actual person, just the car. A good comparison would be something like, bat/ball specifications in baseball, rim/ball in basketball, stick/puck in hockey, etc.
Driver skill is the most important factor in NASCAR, hence why the cars are all very similar in specifications. Gives everyone an even playing field.
There are a lot of adjustments that they can make to these cars, leaving their pit crew to prove they can read the driver and the track and setup the car to run better - per track - per driver.
Point being the Driver/Crew wins the race, not the car.
sohpriest wrote:Alot of it has to do with safety also. If they just let them loose at Daytona they would be doing 250 mph. They have to keep the speeds down to protect the crowd as much as the racers.
I understand safety. I'm not saying let them run without any safety measures but when you start doing petty shit like this, or like last year when they fined the driver because his car was ONE FUCKING INCH too short, then you have lost sight of what you are doing. Or you're becoming a beauracracy.
I think they are getting their 'sight' worked out, making it a more even and safer sport. Though this isn't really how NASCAR started, as when it was started it was literally stock cars brought down to the track to race, but to me that left too much factor by the car itself, and it seems as if NASCAR opinion is something around the same.
An interesting analysis, however NASCAR rules have long been designed to encourage close racing. Runaway wins are considered bad for the entertainment value (read boring and no money in it). Rules can change from race to race if someone, or some brand, shows a technological triumph that gives them an advantage.
I don't have the patience to watch car racing or (or full cricket matches), but the NASCAR rules are pretty interesting reading if you like technology. What I found most interesting is that there are a lot of rules for car weight, horsepower, and technology imposed almost entirely to ensure that the winners are sorted from the pack by the team's talent and their luck on the day. Just because you can afford an Indy car that could beat the hell out of all those stock cars, that don't mean that you get to race the Indy car against the stock cars.