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NASCAR: nascar issues rear springs to slow cars at talladega

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posted on Oct, 1 2004 @ 08:07 PM
this is interesting, i didn't know that nascar was doing this with the springs and shocks

Spring change slows Cup cars a bit

By MIKE HARRIS, AP Motorsports Writer

October 1, 2004

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- In yet another step to keep its Nextel Cup teams from getting too creative, NASCAR handed out rear springs Friday to be used in qualifying for the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Once qualifying was finished, NASCAR officials collected the springs and will reissue them randomly for Sunday's race.

``We've supplied the shocks at the (restrictor) plate tracks, Daytona and Talladega, for competition in qualifying and in the race for several years now,'' said John Darby, NASCAR's Nextel Cup director. ``This is just an extension of that with rear springs.''

The reason for the changes was to stop teams from developing shocks and springs that allow the rear of the car to measure legally during inspection but ride lower to the track at speed. When the car rides lower, it allows less air to hit the rear spoiler and causes less drag, making the cars faster.

NASCAR did extensive testing to ensure that the springs are as perfectly matched as possible.

``We've pre-rated them all, so we know exactly what all the springs are, and they're very equal,'' Darby said. ``It takes all of the perception of all the trickery, the springs that automatically lose height and lower the car, and everything that has been happening the last couple of years, out of the picture.''

Ricky Rudd, who won the pole here in April with a lap of 191.180 mph, was second on Friday at 190.609 with the new springs.

``That new spring rule is just another one of the quality control checks that they have to make sure that someone doesn't have a little advantage over the others,'' Rudd said. ``But it definitely slowed the cars three-tenths (of a second).

``I really don't think it's going to make a great deal of difference one way or the other in the race. I think the biggest change is when you're out there by yourself because the stiffer rear springs hold the rear spoiler up in the air more. It puts more drag in the car.''<


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