Plate Racing Rules: Getting Ready for Talladega

Most of the issues we were talking about at the start of the year regarding the measures NASCAR has taken to eliminate or reduce the two-car draft are still in play, so I thought I’d put the most important in one place as you start getting ready for Talladega this weekend.

One of the major changes is the radiator: The water capacity was decreased, which means that it can’t cool as effectively as it could with a larger volume of water. That limits how long cars can draft together in close formation, where the trailing car’s radiator is blocked and doesn’t get as much air circulating.

A related issue is the small, but extremely important limiter on the radiator called a pop-off valve This is one of the easiest last-minute changes NASCAR can make to adapt to changing temperatures — and new innovations teams have made to get around the current rules.

Finally, it seems as though bump drafting has gotten harder to do correctly. It’s all a matter of preventing cars from getting torqued. Literally.

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I'm a recovering academic who writes about the intersection of science and life. I'm interested in AI, advanced prosthetics, robots and anything that goes fast. Author, THE PHYSICS OF NASCAR and Editor, BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF NANOTECHNOLOGY

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