Should NASCAR increase minimum speed?

Discussion in 'NASCAR chat' started by Turtle84, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. Turtle84

    Turtle84 gained a step

    As your resident "turtle", I think it is only fair that I get to ask this question. And, in light of our backmarker runnings into by our x2 champion, "holding their line in multiple events" it seems a topic to go under review. The closing rate may be too much to handle. Is this helping NASCAR retain field size by allowing sponsors the lowest possible spending to achieve rolling billboard speed?
     
    Ventisca likes this.
  2. Team Penske

    Team Penske Team Owner

    The minimum speed should be a moving target during the race calculated in relation to the 25th place car. The one thing that gets me the most is when a slow car tries to drive in the leaders lane. Any car 1 or more laps down must drive on the bottom lane ONLY. If the driver is unable to do this then black flag the rolling piece of junk because he sure isn't racing.
     
  3. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    Yes.

    How is the minimum speed currently set?
     
  4. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    As a percentage of averaged practice speeds. The number is “adjustable”.
     
    DanicaFreak likes this.
  5. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    Less cars. 30 seems like plenty. There's probably enough sponsor money out there fro 30 fully competitive teams. It's NOT 1980.
     
    SpeedPagan likes this.
  6. Turtle84

    Turtle84 gained a step

    Seems they looked at it going into 2018, steveod was on the case. Can't find much else, as far as evidence to the speed gap increasing this year (seemed like it though), I think the passing difficulty exaggerated the role traffic played.

    https://racingnews.co/2017/11/06/nascar-minimum-speed/

    [QUOTE
    “We take a percentage off the practice speeds. We can tweak that. It’s communicated to the garage in the drivers’ meeting and then on the radio from David Hoots on a Sunday, prior to the race. The spotters all know, the teams know as well.”

    “We can play with that percentage, potentially and tighten that up a little bit. We have a pretty lenient policy right now. It’s something that’s worked for us.”
    ][/QUOTE]
     
  7. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    The lack of cautions the last few years has REALLY exposed just how far off the leader's pace some of these cars are. Because you didn't see it for so many years, I am still sort of shocked at how fast some of these cars are getting 5+ laps down. It sort of reminds me of my ARCA days when you could lose a lap every 10 on a short track and still meet minimum speed. I don't really claim to know how much faster these cars COULD go, but it seems like time to tighten the field up a little.
     
    Charlie Spencer likes this.
  8. be9ak7ts16

    be9ak7ts16 Johali Lives

    Maybe set the minimum at 10-15% of the pole speed.
     
  9. SpeedPagan

    SpeedPagan The iRacing Guru

    I say if they impede the faster cars by not getting out of the way, they should be black flagged and parked.
     
  10. DanicaFreak

    DanicaFreak Green monster

    some start and park cars would like that idea.
     
  11. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    Who gets to define that loose definition though? Sometimes for those laps down cars its a no win situation. No matter where they try to run, somebody will lay claim to that lane and blame them for getting in the way.
     
  12. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    The minimum speed is set by a percentage and it varies from track to track like Aunty has said. Nascar has a move over flag that they display to slower cars when faster cars are closing. Both slower and faster cars have spotters, maybe they need lane departure buzzers and stop sensors like they are using on street cars these days to keep distracted drivers from killing the rest of us who are paying attention.
     
    Charlie Spencer likes this.
  13. Spotter22

    Spotter22 Team Owner

    If the "greatest drivers in the world" cant judge speed and distance then he /she doesnt need to be in a race car.
     
    sdj, Truex_rox, AuzGrams and 4 others like this.
  14. Team Penske

    Team Penske Team Owner

    Even the leader can't do that sometimes. May I suggest the speed be regulated
    and reflect the last car on the lead lap. Slower cars are only a problem when the driver is trying to keep his car in the camera frame of the leaders. Don't give them a choice, they must stay on the bottom of the track even if they have to slow down to do it while being passed. Of course if your on the lead lap then just adopt Newman's style.
     
  15. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    Lapped cars and managing traffic should always be part of the deal.
     
  16. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    Exactly.

    Drive the car. Earn your finish.
     
    Truex_rox, donthaveanickname and Greg like this.
  17. SpeedPagan

    SpeedPagan The iRacing Guru

    There is something to be said about maintaining minimum speed for safety reasons.
     
    Charlie Spencer and Ventisca like this.
  18. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    It's a lap timing thing and when a car falls below that time they are black flagged contrary to what some believe who think Nascar leaves them out there. It's part of the sport of racing. I always am bewildered and wonder how many races a fan has watched when I hear them acting indignant about slower traffic, maybe it comes from an artificial situation like a video game, heck if I know.
     
    kkfan91 likes this.
  19. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    Agreed. The rule should be, and usually is enforced.

    My reference was to the drivers up at the pointy end, some of who complain about this having never driven even a mediocre car.
     
    Greg likes this.
  20. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    Has this ever been a serious issue among the drivers besides Kyle's typical complaining at LVMS?

    The less backmarkers there are, the less amount of cautions there are, and I know there's a lot of people that get sick/bored of strung out racing.
     
  21. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    Each Charter car team gets one Timeout "Caution" a season, called by the Crew Chief -- hits a button and a lighted siren goes off on his Pit Box. Maybe the spotter wears a flashing suit for night races that also activates.

    Like the stick and ball gimmick to Ice the kicker except for NASCAR trickery and strategy. Turn it more into the gameshow of motorsports.
     
    Greg, Turtle84 and SpeedPagan like this.
  22. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Every ten laps Nascar black flags the slowest backmarker, that will attract more gamers to the sport who are familiar with the knock out style. NBC will love it because it's similar to the cut off drivers in the playoffs. The gerbils can focus the race on the slowest cars.
     
    bigspud likes this.
  23. RacerrecaR

    RacerrecaR Orange cone

    I would rather NASCAR focus on increasing maximum speed before increasing minimum speed.
     
    AuzGrams likes this.
  24. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    The current rules should work. If they are laps down and making no effort to work with the leaders they can call them to the hauler.

    But lapped traffic is a good thing imo. It means the green has been out a few laps. It is also adds a variable for the leader to manage.
    I also believe back markers have a right to exist, and to run their programs. It is a part of driver development. I do not think any of them go out there with the intention of causing problems.
    I also do not want to see car counts reduced any more than that have.
    Nor do I want the field reduced down to a half dozen owners and their proxies or satellites.
     
    Truex_rox, Zerkfitting and Turtle84 like this.
  25. ChexOrWrex

    ChexOrWrex Ya gotta wanna

    I think NASCAR should increase maximum speed.
     
    Truex_rox, REBS31, Greg and 3 others like this.
  26. be9ak7ts16

    be9ak7ts16 Johali Lives

    Go 20%. Pole speed is somewhere around 195, 20% of that is 29mph. The pack is usually running a bit faster than the pole speed, coming up on a car doing 165 is a bit dangerous, especially if he’s not paying attention.
     
  27. LARRY

    LARRY Stages! Stages! We don't need no stinking stages!!

    Do it Australian pursuit style. You're passed by the leader, you're out.
     
  28. Team Penske

    Team Penske Team Owner

    I doubt you will get much support with that idea.
    10 cars would have no reason to come to the race.
     
  29. Turtle84

    Turtle84 gained a step

    Lol o m g
     
    Ventisca likes this.
  30. bigspud

    bigspud Team Owner

    just park the last 5 cars at the end of each stage.
     
    LARRY and Team Penske like this.
  31. Team Penske

    Team Penske Team Owner

  32. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    That sounds like there shouldn't be a minimum speed at all.
     
    Turtle84 likes this.
  33. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    I don't disagree with what Spotter said, but at the same time you don't want people out there that aren't even making a pretense of competing. One of the main reasons I got out of racing was that I didn't want to be a part of that. I can deal with losing. I can't deal with not trying. I understand why those that do it do it, but leave me out.
     
    Turtle84 and aunty dive like this.
  34. NASCAR Apologist

    NASCAR Apologist Team Owner

    Enhance the blade. Decrease maximum speed. Closing rate will take care of itself.
     
    Turtle84 likes this.
  35. gone

    gone Team Owner

    Now sure how practical that would be. If a team hits their Timeout button does that mean everybody else has to pit too? If so, a race could have 40 cautions just for Timeouts alone (worst case, if everybody decided to do this in the same race)... if not, then by taking a Timeout you're still losing distance to the cars still on the track - you can do that already without a Timeout.
     
  36. gone

    gone Team Owner

    You would be upset if your car has a fixable problem, like a flat tire, that puts it in the last five at the end of a stage - even though it was a competitive car up until then.
     
  37. gone

    gone Team Owner

    In my opinion, for what little it's worth, a driver who cannot pass a backmarker without having problems is not such a good driver. Even on a one groove track since all of the tracks are more than one car wide. Yeah it can be tough, but in the Cup Series you're supposed to be tough and capable.

    It doesn't take being off on setup by very much, or much minor damage, to slow you enough to be at the back these days. Cup races are long, and good teams can usually figure out how to get their cars back up to speed over the course of a long race. Let them have the opportunity to do so.

    NASCAR does do a pretty good job of issuing the move-over flag, and drivers who expect to earn any respect are pretty good at heeding it. But the slower drivers and teams need the laps in order to learn how to become fast, so don't curtail that effort just because they might get in the way of a hero driver. It's part of racing. The really slow or dangerous drivers will get black flagged.
     
  38. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    You missed two clues and at least three points -- and if you understood the main point, the others are irrelevant. :)
     
  39. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    Agreed.

    And the love and hate of Cautions, bump-and-run, wreck-and-win, pit road penalties, move-over flag, etc. appear to be embraced and based on team/driver loyalty, emotion, and situational bias --

    all of which make my NASCAR experience both frustrating and enjoyable.
     
    AuzGrams likes this.

Share This Page