Easy to see the effects of the downforce, although sprint car downforce generally is not as evil as downforce on pavement, IMO.
I am with you on the non winged sprint cars. They have been my favorite for years followed closely by the silver crown cars. Such an awesome show!USAC comes through PA in June.
I agree, but this is largely due to the fact that 410 and 360 winged sprints still have way more power than they can effectively use through the corners. If they put 305 motors that produce 400-500 HP in WoO cars, the results would be pretty lackluster.
I got into winged sprints through a friend in the late '90s and early '00s, then became disenchanted with them shortly after in favor of the non-wing cars. IMO the mid '00s were not a particularly great time for the WoO and All-Star tours. Two major improvements I've seen occur since are superior track prep and a certain amount of increased regulation that has increased parity among teams just enough.
Today I truly appreciate both, though I'll always pledge loyalty to the non-wing guys when it comes down to it. Both disciplines require great skill and car / throttle control. There is simply no way to hide an inferior driver in a sprint car, even with the best car and setup imaginable.