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Old 02-18-2019, 05:32 PM
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Correct. 1984 was about the tipping point regarding speed/techology/flying cars.

What was different in 1970?

As mentioned along the way...

>>In 1970 they had just gotten there with technology, and there were no plates. And there was throttle response. Therefore occasionally they could drive out of trouble. And belted tires had far more predictable and linear break away, so again, there was a chance of saving it.

>>There were only a handful of fast cars, and fewer still running at the finish, and fewer yet with the leader. In 1984 Cale could have (and, as I said as I watched it unfold on site, should have) tried to pass Petty before the white. But that was the practice at the time.

NOW, everybody, including backmarkers, are capable of "winning" at Daytona and Talladega.

Did you notice that Jimmie let Menard pull out a few lengths just prior to um, crashing him?

The reason was twofold: To run through his low-resistance wake and gain speed over and above the leader (like the old slingshot), but more importantly, NOW it also "sucks" the leader back to the pack (of 20 or 30 cars).

That big bubble in-the-air-with-cars-in-it-at-200mph rules and you can't get ahead of it, and if you lose the draft you cannot catch it.

So, to sum up, now they are forced to run in a pack at 200, earlier they were not. And there is turbulence (changing and invisible higher and lower pressure areas) in that big bubble, and there is human error.

Crashes are therefore now inevitable, in 1970 they were accidental.

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Old 02-18-2019, 05:45 PM
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Looked it up. Restrictor plates came along in 1988.

Additionally, there may be hope ahead after all. Moving forward they are going with "tapered spacers". In and of themselves that sounds like a thick restrictor place to me, but they are also combining it with aero that will make the cars appear to be very wide.

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/20...ton-talladega/

Who knows, it may help.

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Old 02-20-2019, 08:27 PM
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Yep, exciting finish. Looked and was about like "regular" racing, but faster. The draft played into it, but not nearly to today's extent.

No plates, they knocked a big ol' hole in the air, and they were about 30 cars short of today's pileup-waiting-for-a-place-to-happen.

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