posted on Jan, 10 2005 @ 06:23 PM
here are a few tidbits from nascar land to chew over as we get ready for the countdown to the new season
Inside Dish: Chief engineer leaves DEI
By Lee Spencer - SportingNews
Chief engineer Chad Walters is the latest to defect from Dale Earnhardt Inc. Walters, who worked with former Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Gary
DeHart on Terry Labonte's No. 5, will bring his expertise back to Hendrick and the No. 5, which will be driven by Kyle Busch. ...
Teams aren't thrilled with the new 4-and-10 rule for testing. The four refers to the driver, crew chief, car chief and owner, and 10 is the number of
additional workers allowed to attend a test. In the past, teams took a variety of specialists, such as the lead engineer, engine builder or technical
director, to gather data at tests. NASCAR has told teams that the change will allow them to save money, but there are other considerations. Some
organizations had used tests to reward sponsors and court potential sponsors, but that won't be possible now. ...
NASCAR is close to completing plans for the 2005 provisional system. Eliminating provisionals is likely; the top 35 teams in points will compete for
the top 35 spots, and the final eight spots will be decided by qualifying times. ...
Ed Young, who was the shop foreman for Matt Kenseth's No. 17 team, has left Roush Racing for Joe Gibbs Racing. Justin Nottestad, who also is Kenseth's
front tire changer, will take over Young's duties. ...
Former Hutchens supporters Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart must switch to the HANS head and neck restraint device -- the only apparatus approved for
2005. After an 18-month evaluation with a panel of safety experts from the automotive industry, NASCAR decided the Hutchens device fell short of its
safety requirements. NASCAR also now will require all drivers to wear full-face rather than open-face helmets.