April 17, 2011
Two-by-two racing causing NASCAR stir
By DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency
TALLADEGA, Ala. — While there was plenty of criticism about NASCAR’s two-by-two restrictor plate racing from the media after Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, drivers’ opinions were split almost down the middle.
They either really hate the format that developed this season at the Daytona 500 and continued at Talladega or they love it.
David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, who got wrecked in one of the six crashes on Sunday wants a rule change that would stop the mayhem that follows races at the big tracks.
“Hopefully, NASCAR will look at it and make some decisions where we don’t have to race like this anymore,” he said.
Former Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch, who was involved in three accidents but came away all but unscathed, said he doesn’t like the two-by-two racing.
“Restrictor plate racing and this two-car draft is really tough and I was in the middle of a bunch of incidents,” he said.
But he added that it will keep happening.
“Yep, until we fix it.”
Matt Kenseth said that the nose-to-tail style of racing is just plain dangerous.
“This two-car thing is really hard as a driver,” he said. “If you’re the tail car, you can’t see anything. You have to have a lot of faith in the guy in front of you ... you’re shoving them as hard as you can doing 200 m.p.h., if they make a move too quick, they’re gonna crash.”
On the other hand, Kenseth’s Roush Fenway teammate Greg Biffle said the exciting finish far outweighs the long stretches of dull racing.
“Man, I don’t know what it looked like on TV, but it was pretty exciting from my point of view,” he said.
And Carl Edwards said he is sold on this form of racing.
“If that doesn’t sell some tickets, I don’t know what will,” he said. “I don’t know what the finish looked like from the outside, but from inside it looked like about eight drivers doing some seriously precision driving. That was pretty wild.”