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Tandem Drafting to Be Penalized in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series

January 12th, 2014 at 1:45 PM
By Mark Eddinger

NASCAR announced yesterday during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway that the act of tandem drafting will not be allowed in the 2014 season in either the Nationwide Series or Camping World Truck Series.

Tandem drafting is when two cars hook together nose-to-tail and stay locked together for long periods of time which increases the speed of both cars. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series used to have the tandem draft style but changes were made to the cooling system to make it so tandem drafting would cause overheating issues.

'Talladega 2011' photo (c) 2011, Bertho RF1 - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Similar engine cooling rules and a smaller spoiler will be used in the Nationwide Series and Truck Series this season as well to create pack drafting.

"You can bump draft; you can bump draft a guy up (through the field), but you can’t hook up on the bumper and just lay on the bumper. So far what we’ve seen today has been pretty good," said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition for NASCAR.

Pemberton went onto explain that if tandem drafting is determined to be used by the officials in the tower then the parties involved will be blacked flagged. Also tandem drafting during practice sessions will also be black flagged.

This will certainly be an interesting thing to watch for at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway when the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series are at the tracks. NASCAR needs to rule fairly across the board on this new rule and not let it slide in some cases but penalize it in others.

Tandem drafting has been blamed for some of the mega crashes that have occurred like the one at the end of last season's Nationwide Series opener at Daytona that injured more than 30 fans. Of course large wrecks still happen in the pack drafting style as well.

Tags: Camping World Truck Series, Daytona International Speedway, Motorsports, NASCAR, Nationwide Series, robin pemberton, Talladega Superspeedway

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