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NASCAR to test potential rules changes for 2015 following next month’s race at Michigan

Jul 16, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT

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We haven’t even reached the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup, but NASCAR officials are already looking ahead to 2015.

The sanctioning body will hold a test following next month’s mid-August Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway to test new rules being considered for implementation in 2015.

The Sprint Cup race at MIS is August 17. The test will be the next day, Monday, August 18, according to a report by Dustin Long of

“We’re very pleased with the competition on the track so far in 2014,” Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR vice president of innovation and racing development, said in a statement to “The evolution of the racing product continues as we look to 2015 and beyond.

“The test at Michigan International Speedway will be a great opportunity to gather more information, help us validate much of the great research done by engineers in our sport, and drive us one step closer to our 2015 race package.”

The number of teams has yet to be determined for the Michigan test. Another test is possible, Long reported, sometime later this year at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

While having tests in the second half of the season is not unusual, the timing is somewhat curious, as this year’s test is two months ahead of similar testing last year when the sanctioning body wanted to assess possible rule changes in 2014.

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  1. rupp246 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Need to have heat races instead of 3 or 5 hundred lap races. Long races are boring and unless your I diehard fan, you won’t watch. The only reason they get any viewership now is because there is nothing else on. By the way, baseball is boring too unless you are at the game.

  2. convincedofthehex - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    NASCAR just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titantic

    • helpful55 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      Yes convince, unfortunately I have referred to nascar and france as the titanic myself. It could happen with the course we are on which is well off the tracks. I have said that the owners are smart businessmen and I have to believe that they see the same things we “dumb” fans see. I’m hoping they will be able to get france to come off his throne and see the light. We are the “dumb” fans that are never considered important enough to ever be considered or notified about changes until they are implemented. What were we told here? Nothing, other than there will be more incompetent titanic tweaking coming. I continue to say that they downforce insanity must be almost completely removed to be able to get any racing action and save the teams huge aero research $. And ditch these ufc type ideas like the chase, circus qualifying etc. We don’t need that kind of crap and definitely not if there was quality racing to offer to fans.

      • monkeesfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        What then should the rules packages be?

  3. techmeister1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    The MIS test is probably to check a revised restrictor plate or aero package to lower speeds.

    • monkeesfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      According to MRN it’s some kind of downforce test, but no specifics are given.

      How about testing bias ply tires again?

      • helpful55 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        I knew this was coming. I see the france geniuses are looking at adding more downforce; a larger spoiler and more front downforce to balance that. Wow, incredible. What needs to be done is reduce downforce by quite a bit. No side skirts and I’d get rid of the splitter and lower the spoiler. Although that would probably have to be done mostly along with cutting down all of the high horsepower the teams have now or these cars will be breaking the sound barrier. Is france waiting to kill or seriously injure someone with 215 mph? I wonder if the “dumb hick” drivers will get much consideration with their idea of, guess what, lowered downforce. You saw the usual lack of passing again at Michigan. Cars stuck side by side when you knew one of them was better. It was another skid pad race, they hardly lift at all. Racing is having to slow to have to get through the corner and then the full handling aspects will be necessary to get the car to go through all of the corner, entry, middle and the exit. See Atlanta or the old Darlington style racing. That is exciting.

        Yes monkee, bias ply tires would be a possibility, along with getting the cars off bumpstops with having just a tire for the suspension. I don’t think that those novel ideas would be coming out of frances wizbang computers though. He’d rather tinker with the titanic than admit he was wrong. RTA please do something.

  4. monkeesfan - Feb 23, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    helpful55 –

    Actually they cut spoiler and reduced horsepower. Cutting downforce has been done over and over and it’s never worked, either to slow speeds or to increase passing. I’m baffled why people continue to advocate it when it doesn’t work.

    The reduction in horsepower is about 100, hardly enough.

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