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McREYNOLDS: As Elliott rolls into Michigan, NASCAR should take from Dodges, Fords
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Fight aero push by taking away,
Through track and wind tunnel testing, NASCAR decided to give the GM makes help with downforce. NASCAR has allowed the Chevrolets to pull their front air dam out another inch to three-and-a-half inches, and the Pontiacs can pull their front air dams out another half-inch to an inch and a half.
When NASCAR feels that things are unequal among the manufacturers, I think it would make more sense to take away from the cars instead of giving and giving and giving some more as they've done all season. If NASCAR feels that the Dodges and the Fords have an advantage, then take away from those makes instead of giving to the teams that aren¿t doing as well.
I firmly believe that aero push comes from the cars being so aero efficient. The teams work hard in practice to make the cars turn with as much downforce as possible which is great for qualifying, but when you get in traffic, you lose that downforce. You get behind a car, and you can¿t pass because with a car in front of you, you lose a lot of the benefits of downforce. Adding a kickout only adds to the aero push problem so NASCAR should consider scaling back the Fords and Dodges next time around.
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What to WatchNormally cars have problems and get together or out of control in the exits of the corners. As I said in the track tour, you¿re carrying so much speed, and you drive right up against the wall so you may pinch off cars on exit. And sometimes, you¿ll have single car wrecks because the cars just won¿t turn coming out of the corners. You can pretty much pass anywhere on this track. If you can get your car under the car in front of you and get in the throttle coming off the turns, you can make good passes in the corners. FOX race analyst Larry McReynolds has more than 25 years of NASCAR experience as a mechanic, crew chief and broadcaster. He and his fellow Crew Chief Club members take you behind the wall at
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