DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Speeds in excess of 203 mph apparently have not convinced NASCAR officials to go with a smaller restrictor plate for the remainder of "Speedweeks."
Rather than a smaller plate that would choke more horsepower and bring down speeds, NASCAR has tinkered with air cooling hoses in an effort to break up the two car drafts that were the cause of the lightning-fast laps turned in during Friday night's Bud Shootout practice sessions.
By removing some of the hoses, NASCAR believes it will stop a car from drafting behind another for any extended time for fear of overheating as the airflow for the second car is reduced significantly.
"There's a couple of fresh air hoses that a lot of the teams added that are okay, it's not something that they did outside of us knowing about it, and we're just taking them back off," said Sprint Cup Series director John Darby. "If the cars can heat up a little quicker to where we can limit the amount of laps that they push each other for all the reasons we'll probably have a little better race out of the deal."
There are two Sprint Cup practice sessions scheduled for Saturday.