NASCAR listens to criticism of two-car tandem racing

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The fans have spoken and NASCAR listened.

It’s clear the two-car tandems at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway isn’t popular with the drivers or the fans, so NASCAR is working to change it.

Several teams tested changes with the aerodynamics Tuesday at Daytona with hopes of bringing back the big packs of traffic.

“Well, we need to go test, we need to take a lot of race cars out there and test a lot of things and get creative and unique in the ideas and get everybody on the same packaging and go thoroughly through it,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said.

Two cars working nose to tail are 10 mph faster than a single car or a larger group of cars. Fans would rather see the three-wide, 10-deep packs of traffic that used to be common at both tracks before the creation of the Car of Tomorrow.

Talladega chairman Grant Lynch is thrilled NASCAR is working to eliminate tandem racing.

“Fans want to see a return to the pack-style racing that made Talladega famous and we want to give fans what they want,” he said.

BOYS HAVE AT IT: A week after Kyle Busch was parked for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series races at Texas for intentionally crashing Ron Hornaday Jr., the sanctioning body had no trouble with Brian Vickers’ on-going retaliation against Matt Kenseth last Sunday at Phoenix.

Vickers has been the focus of several accidents in the last three races, including a crash with Kenseth at Martinsville, Va., on Oct. 30. His problems boiled over when he changed lanes and ran full-speed into Kenseth’s rear bumper.

The crash not only sent Kenseth to the garage for repairs, it eliminated him from contention in the Chase.

“If NASCAR is going to start parking people for being mad 25 seconds after you wreck and wrecking somebody, then you would park somebody for that,” Kenseth said. “It was so premeditated, it just surprises me that they didn’t do anything.”

PENALIZED: NASCAR has penalized Danica Patrick’s crew chief for a rules violation last weekend at Phoenix.

Crew chief Tony Eury Jr. was fined $10,000 and placed on probation through March.

The penalty was for an improperly attached weight on Patrick’s car in the Nationwide Series race on Saturday. Patrick was involved in an early accident and finished 21st.


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