The LA Coliseum produced an exciting race, however it definitely exposed a few flaws in the NextGen system. During the race, a couple of NASCAR drivers were forced to end their races early.
Chase Briscoe, Denny Hamlin and Tyler Reddick, are among the drivers who’s day ended early. What made this all grievous was that Hamlin and Briscoe were in great positions to compete for the win.
It is my understanding that a rule change is going into effect for tomorrow that will change the allowable tolerances for rear wheel steer which should get rid of much of the skew we saw today.
— Bozi Tatarevic (@BoziTatarevic) February 16, 2022
The rules have been adjusted after what officials saw in practice on Tuesday, at Daytona International Speedway following two rounds of practice. In both rounds, officials saw cars with their rearends significantly skewed to the right, as they were rolling straight.
According to Jeff Gluck motorsports journalist , the teams have to make the changes before qualifying. In light of this, NASCAR will open the garage doors three hours earlier than expected. This will allow teams to make adjustments ahead of the important single-car qualifying round.
NASCAR is issuing a rules change late tonight that affects the amount of skew permitted. If you watched practice, you saw why.
Teams will have to make the changes before qualifying, so NASCAR is opening the garage three hours earlier than originally planned in the morning.
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 16, 2022
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For the uninitiated, the skew is supposed to help the cars handle better on the track. This is because there is less air hitting the rear spoiler. This change will mean that it will be much easier for the cars to draft each other.