Rule Changes OK With Stewart
January 11, 2010 | 6:12 P.M. EST
While nothing official has been announced by NASCAR, speculation has the sanctioning body contemplating several policy changed including eliminating any penalty for passing below the yellow "out of bounds" line at both Daytona and Talladega.
"I'm comfortable if they take the yellow line rule," Stewart said of the sometimes controversial ruling. "We understood why they brought it into the series. The sport has evolved obviously since they put that rule in effect. But, you know, I think the one thing about it, I'm kind of proud of NASCAR for it because they constantly are looking at things. That's a rule they put into effect that they're talking about taking away now. I think the drivers would be comfortable with it."
Stewart believes the drivers are aware of the consequences when racing near the bottom of the high speed tracks at Daytona and Talladega.
"We all know what it feels like when you get in the grass with tires with no grooves in them," he said. "It's not very fun. It's always been a self-policing deal. Even with the yellow line deal, we would occasionally get in the grass. It gives the drivers a little more flexibility to not have to worry about -- I think there were times when we got ourselves in positions where we didn't necessarily want to be in, where we were passing guys, knew we had to give that spot up. In doing so, we caused more problems behind us than initially."
"I really don't think it would be a bad deal if they did that. I think the drivers are comfortable with that."
As for the removal of the no bump drafting through the turns mandate that caused controversy at last fall's Talladega race, Stewart too understands why it was put into place but that drivers are ultimately responsible for their actions and that the new Sprint Cup car helps.
"Before I think it was a bigger issue than now," Stewart said. "The nice thing with flat bumpers, we're not picking each other up when you're pushing each other. That seems to be last dramatic than it used to be. When we had cars that had slanted noses on them, you could get underneath them, physically pick up the back of their car, wreck 'em. Those two things are variables that I don't think if they change any of that it's going to be a big drama."