posted on Feb, 25 2013 @ 07:04 PM
It's the restrictor plates that are causing the problems in NASCAR. NASCAR forces use of them one year, then relents, then makes them use them
again. The restrictor plates act as a governor that limit performance of the cars, thus what was once a combination of car-set up and driver skill,
now rests almost completely on driver skill, and guess what? They are ALL very skilled, so the cars get bunched up, which at 200 mph is a damned
Fans (and/or sponsors) were apparently getting bored with cars in groups far apart, and thus the restrictor plates are in use this season.
That fence, by the way, did its job. The spinning car hit with enough force to shear the car in two forward of the fire wall, and the engine and
heavy car parts didn't travel beyond the cables and chain link of the fence. None of the drivers were injured. Tires and other car parts (sheet
metal, etc.) practically exploded from the impact of the car upon the fence. The fence was designed to flex, to absorb some of the force of a
collision. You can see this if you look at the video of the impact: The camera is mounted on the fence and when the car hits it, the camera view
(far away from the wreck) wobbles.
Ask the spectators who were injured if they think car racing should be done away with........ I bet they'd say "hell, no!"
It was a freak accident. Having cars bunched up at Daytona one of the worst stock car venues. All the safety equipment performed better than
could be expected. I never liked sitting in the front rows anyway, because of the hot oil, fumes, rubber and other crudola that flies off the
track. It was fortunate nobody died, and I can't remember the last time a car twirled into the fence in a NASCAR race. *ETA: It was probably
Carl Edwards' crash at Talledega in 2009.
edit on 25/2/13 by argentus because: (no reason given)