NASCAR Confiscates Roof Flap Spacers
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on July 4, 2013 | 7:03 P.M. EST
NASCAR confiscated modified roof flap spacers from 16 Sprint Cup teams Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Dustin Long)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR confiscated modified roof flap spacers from 16 Sprint Cup teams and 15 Nationwide teams Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.
After the issue was discovered in the Cup garage, NASCAR checked the Nationwide cars for the same issue and found the illegal roof flap spacers.
Roof flap spacers were taken from the teams of Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Marcos Ambrose, Denny Hamlin, Casey Mears, Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Michael Waltrip, Martin Truex Jr., and Carl Edwards.
Nationwide teams with roof flap spacers taken were those of Brian Vickers, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne, Travis Pastrana, Cole Whitt, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Landon Cassill, Blake Koch, Mike Bliss, Michael Annett, Reed Sorenson, Robert Richardson Jr., Jason White and Dexter Stacey.
A NASCAR spokesperson said the roof flap spacers “were not in compliance with the kits’’ from the manufacturers and that the issue will be addressed next week.
Travis Geisler, competition director for Penske Racing, said modifying the roof flap spacers is not new in the garage.
“It’s a common practice that, I think, obviously a lot of the teams have employed,’’ he said. “The biggest thing is that everybody is aware of the fact that it doesn’t change the operation of the roof flap or make the situation more dangerous or hurt the efficiency of them. It’s an area we feel like we haven’t done anything to put anybody at risk.’’
So with a 3,300-pound car, why would anyone even modify these small pieces?
“When you look at the effort to lower the (center of gravity) you look at where things are located,’’ Geisler said.” The biggest impact comes from the pieces that are the highest up in the car. This is as high up in the car as it gets.
“I think when you look at our laps times and see a thousandths (of a second) difference, somebody might say, ‘What’s a couple of ounces?’ Whenever everybody is working toward thousandths of a second, I think that’s where you end up with ounces.’’