Cars with restrictor plates in the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway sounds like a farfetched idea. But what seems farfetched is expected to become reality according to a report from NBC.
Per the site, NASCAR is “expected” to have teams run cars with restrictor plates in the engines during the May 19 exhibition race at the 1.5-mile track. Restrictor plates, which choke the airflow in engines and reduce acceleration and speed, are only used at Daytona and Talladega in the Cup Series.
The plates help produce the pack racing commonly associated with the two tracks over 2 miles in length. In a perfect world, the plates will help create close side-by-side racing throughout the field at the All-Star Race.
As we’ve learned recently, grand plans don’t work very well in the All-Star Race. Matt Kenseth’s pit strategy sent the All-Star Race into chaos because of a late caution during the first segment in 2016 and the 2017 race’s tire rules meant confusion for many competitors.
A Goodyear executive had previously said the softer tire compound used during the 2017 race wouldn’t return for the 2018 race.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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