A lot of NASCAR fans are tired of watching races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway because the on-track racing is not very exciting. The Brickyard 400 used to be prestigious and really one of NASCAR's bigger races, but as 20 years has passed fans are growing tired of it. What change could bring excitement and fans back to NASCAR racing at Indy? Motorsports 101 debates.
Slower Speeds For the Gen 6 Car – By Clayton Caldwell
Fans are enthralled by the close pack racing that occurs twice a year a both Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. That type of racing is only in place at those two tracks because of the restrictor-plates that are used to limit the power the cars can turn. In essence, it makes it so the lead car can't pull away from the rest of the pack.
The restrictor plate has been used at Daytona and Talladega ever since 1988 when average speed way pushing over 210 mph. Before then the racing wasn't always that exciting at those two tracks either because the fastest car or cars would pull out to a large lead and usually dominate the day. That is what happens currently at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
So why not give restrictor-plates a try at Indy if you're NASCAR? The track isn't banked like Daytona or Talladega so the racing would most likely be different but the effect should be similar. The leader in theory shouldn't be able to pull away and drafting will become absolutely key.
Drivers would have to make their moves down the large straight-a-ways and then get mostly single file by the corners just because it is so hard to get through the narrow groove two wide. There is a chance that they may even be able to run two wide through the corners with the restrictor-plates on.
As was stated in an article on Monday, racing at Indy is more about the history than providing great racing and that is fine. But if NASCAR does want to try something new to bring the fans back and more eyeballs to the Brickyard then trying restrictor-plates should be considered.
A wild show would be on the docket for sure. "The Big One" that occurs at Daytona and Talladega would certainly be only a mistake away from happening at Indy. If for some reason restrcitor-plates really do not add anything to the racing at Indianapolis then NASCAR can go back to the way it is right now and no harm would have been done. NASCAR wanted to be at the place IndyCar calls its home and that was well and good for the past but NASCAR has to be thinking about how to keep their fans interested in a race at the historic track. IndyCar has been putting on a fantastic race in the Indianapolis 500 the last few seasons while the Brickyard 400 has been a dud. Restrictor-plate racing could be the answer.
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