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NASCAR Reels In Rear Steering

| , RacinToday.com Friday, September 7 2012

Jimmie Johnson in his Hendrick Chevrolet. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Brian Lawdermilk)

Turns out Brad Keselowski was pretty much spot on in his analysis of Hendrick Motorsports’ cars. Specifically, that the cars had some hinky stuff going on with their rear ends.

NASCAR on Thursday, basically agreed as officials passed a rule that will limit the ability of teams to set their cars up in a way that gives the driver easier “rear steer”.

A technical bulletin issued by the series and which goes into effect next week at Chicagoland Speedway for the start of the 2012 playoffs is apparently aimed squarely Hendrick’s Chevrolets.

Several drivers – most notably and vociferously, Keselowski of Penske Racing – have alleged that Hendrick made gains in the rear suspension this season that gave its cars an aerodynamic advantage.

The Hendrick modifications were not illegal and, in recent months, other teams have began implementing similar changes.

Asked about the the rule on Friday at Richmond International Raceway, site of this weekend’s event, Hendrick driver Jimmie Johnson said, “I think NASCAR made it known that they are just putting parameters on what is going on. There is no change. That is just what it is and what it has been. If there are rule changes we will adjust and do our best job.

“There has been a lot of discussion about it, but to add to the conversation a lot of people are focused and think that it is just Hendrick (Motorsports) or big teams that have been working in this area. I was in a conversation with Phil Parsons last week. A smaller team, they have been there, been doing this for a while they have adjusted; they have been working on the rule book to get to this point too. The field migrates quickly in certain directions and I think NASCAR is just making sure that people understand the parameters so that they can regulate in post-race and find ways to make sure no one is going above and beyond.”

| , RacinToday.com Friday, September 7 2012
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