20 Years Of Restrictor Plates

20 Years Of Restrictor Plates

There are 7 comments on the The News-Journal story from Feb 12, 2008, titled 20 Years Of Restrictor Plates. In it, The News-Journal reports that:

“I think it's certainly changed the way we race at here and Talladega”

Bill Elliott has a Daytona 500 record that will likely never be challenged. In 1987, during qualifying for the 500, Elliott zoomed around Daytona's 2.5-mile, high-banked tri-oval at 210.364 mph in his No. via The News-Journal

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CND BILL FAN

Waterford, Canada

#1 Feb 15, 2008
The plates suck!
Boring vs Boring

Newtown, CT

#2 Feb 15, 2008
20 years too long!
Whoyakidding

Raleigh, NC

#3 Feb 15, 2008
In the 20 plus years NASCAR hasn't been able to find anything that worked as effectively and as fairly to each participant as the restrictor plate. The technological improvements in the engines and driveline components of a Cup car has improved so much since the inseption of the restrictor plate, it's very probable that the cars would be capable of laps over 220 mph consistently if run unrestricted. The cars have the brakes to handle that speed now and Goodyear can produce a tire for that speed but without a boiler plate catch fence, the first row of seats would need to be a couple of hundred feet back. There are few of the videos around that show Petty and a couple of others that have gotten airborne and shredded the car through the fence and into the stands. It's not the driver's safety that is at question, it's the fans safety. Want to see attendance really take a drop, let a 3400 airborne car make it into the stands and kill a few.

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#4 Feb 15, 2008
Whoyakidding wrote:
In the 20 plus years NASCAR hasn't been able to find anything that worked as effectively and as fairly to each participant as the restrictor plate. The technological improvements in the engines and driveline components of a Cup car has improved so much since the inseption of the restrictor plate, it's very probable that the cars would be capable of laps over 220 mph consistently if run unrestricted. The cars have the brakes to handle that speed now and Goodyear can produce a tire for that speed but without a boiler plate catch fence, the first row of seats would need to be a couple of hundred feet back. There are few of the videos around that show Petty and a couple of others that have gotten airborne and shredded the car through the fence and into the stands. It's not the driver's safety that is at question, it's the fans safety. Want to see attendance really take a drop, let a 3400 airborne car make it into the stands and kill a few.
Exactly, that's what was happening at Indy.
Arie Luyendyk got up to 239.260
They had to stop that that's to fast!

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#5 Feb 15, 2008
No doubt plates save lives or will in the future.
Todd

Elk Grove, CA

#6 Feb 15, 2008
When did someone go that fast? Do you mean in Cart?

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#7 Feb 15, 2008
Todd wrote:
When did someone go that fast? Do you mean in Cart?
Yes and over 10 years ago I believe they had to slow them down.

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