NASCAR is a constant game of officials making rules, competitors cheating the rules, and officials making more rules to curb the cheating. When NASCAR put a chicane in its new road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway to slow cars down on the oval portion, drivers testing on the track just started cutting through it. It’s like someone forgot to tell them this is a NASCAR test instead of a school test. This isn’t for credit, folks. You don’t have to cheat. But because NASCAR drivers aren’t just going to pinky promise on scout’s honor not to keep cheating the new chicane before entering the third turn of the oval, Autosport reports that NASCAR used a break in testing to roll out big tire barriers and extra rumble strips around the chicane’s sharp corners before the series gets there for its first official race on the roval in September. The barriers block drivers from blasting right over the lines and, in Autosport’s words, running “virtually straight through the chicane” and losing little speed. In terms of making things easier on their future selves, the barriers are probably a great idea for NASCAR officials—it’s simpler and less controversial to block drivers from going off track than it is to enforce track limits, in any series. The Charlotte roval will be the first road course ever in the top-level Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff races that decide the eventual champion this year, and about half of the Cup Series teams were out at… [Read full story]
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