Smaller Plate for Daytona Test

Daytona Tire Test

Reports of speeds in excess of 197 mph were reported when cars ran in the draft during last month's test. (Photo: DIS)

Share:

Daytona Tickets

NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will use a will use a 29/32-inch restrictor plate instead of a 30/32-inch plate during next week's Preseason Thunder test session at Daytona International Speedway.

While official speeds were not released at last month's Goodyear tire test at Daytona, reports of speeds in excess of 197 mph were reported when cars ran in the draft.

“I think the decision was made to slow down the speeds because the speeds were too high at the first test," said Pat Tryson, crew chief of the No. 56 Toyota driven by Martin Truex Jr. "It’s a good move on the side of safety because no one wants to see a car go airborne at the potential speeds that could be generated with the plate they had last month. It will be better for the driver and better for the fans in the stands. Safety always comes first.

“By slowing down the cars, it will make the draft bigger and tighter. Before with a little more power, the cars would spread out a little bit. I think now, we can expect to see the cars a lot closer together and more in one pack versus two, three or four. It’s going to make for some great racing for sure because I expect to see more three, maybe four-wide racing at Daytona which is exactly what we saw at Talladega Superspeedway. It’s going to be a lot of fun for everyone to watch.”

The three-day test session will be held Thursday, Jan. 20 through Saturday, Jan. 22.

Related Topics:

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup

Next MRN Broadcast

On Air Now
Aug. 23, 2017 12:00 PM ET

Race Center

Bojangles' Southern 500

@ Darlington Raceway
Sunday, September 03, 2017
Radio Start:
MRN, 5 p.m. (ET)
TV Start:
NBCSN

Upcoming Cup Broadcasts

© 2017 MRN. All Rights Reserved

FacebookTwitterDiggDeliciousLinkedInGoogle BookmarksYahoo BookmarksLive (MSN)

ISC Track Sites