DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One of the things that was discussed Sunday morning at Daytona International Speedway that I found somewhat surprising is that some of the owners and some NASCAR officials have gone and whispered in John Darby and Robin Pemberton's ear: "Hey, maybe we need to keep the rear wing on this car for the remaining restrictor plate races for the rest of 2010."
As you all know, NASCAR will replace the rear wing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car with a more traditional spoiler later this season. But based strictly on the results we saw on track during Speedweeks in Daytona -- where we saw great racing and thrilling side-by-side battles coming down to the finish line -- the car package is very favorable.
Now you have to understand, NASCAR and the teams still have to go to the other restrictor-plate track on the schedule, Talladega Superspeedway, and do a lot of testing to see if the tires and all the other changes they made to the car during the offseason will work the way it needs to.
But if they elect to leave the wing on the cars at superspeedways, teams can use all the information gained during the last two weeks of racing, which will probably still be good for probably the rest of the season. That would eliminate a big variable at superspeedways that could cost the teams a lot of money to test.
This isn't unheard of. The Nationwide Series teams run a total different aero package at restrictor plate races.
I think it would be worth reviewing making this move only at the restrictor plate races. A rear spoiler is an excellent move everywhere else, but with possible changes to the car and to Daytona coming in 2011, there will be lots of testing that needs to be done next year already. So why not save teams some money now?
Teams already have the information and have a feel for what's going on, so keeping the wing on doesn't necessarily sound like a bad idea.