January 15, 2013
NASCAR Sprint Cup wants to phase out tandem racing
By DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency
It will be a whole new ball game for NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers when they hit the big oval for this year’s version of the Daytona 500 next month.
They will be in brand new race cars — the Generation Six car — on the track for the first time in a race that counts.
And judging from their experiences in testing the Gen-6 this past weekend at Daytona’s 2.5-mile superspeedway, there are a lot of adjustments still to be made.
Right out of the gate, fans will not see any more of the tandem racing that was so reviled by just about everyone, except Trevor Bayne.
The new cars have curved bumpers making bump drafting just about impossible.
NASCAR vice-president of competition Robin Pemberton told the media at Daytona the new bumpers were purposely designed to curtail tandem racing.
“When (tandem racing) was new, it was cool,” Pemberton said. “When it was a couple races old, the coolness wore off of it. It was something that wasn’t very normal for us.”