After reading an article about how Dale Jr feels about restrictor plates at Indy, I have to agree. He said he is up for whatever. Declining number of people in the stands and many tweets from twitter show it as well that Indianapolis Motor Speedway needs to change something. Why does Indy get so much flack? I respect the track and its history, but I think in the 21st century "bigger" is not always better like it used to be. Back in 1994, TV was the only way you got your racing fix before YouTube was invented and the internet was still in its infancy. You either watched it on TV or went to the track. Today, you're spoiled with your phone, twitter internet having everything to look at the highlights of any NASCAR. Today, it's not just millennials with shorter attention spans, it's us adults too. With the internet's abundant NASCAR resources I will say. Not everyone wants to stick around and watch a 3 to 4 hour race. People still watch in some way, but TV ratings do not account for twitter, fox sports go or fan attendance. You can ask me "but hey, Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Auto Club, Pocono are big too". Well, yes they are, but Indy is a giant rectangle that is flat. There really isn't any unique features to it like those other tracks. That's why NASCAR has come up with the stage racing to compensate for the lack there of. I've enjoyed the stage racing so far this year and it has definitely proved worthy by peaking my interest at tracks I once found dull. Who knows? Maybe restrictor plates will improve cars and group them up or maybe not. Restrictor plates are solely used for the restriction of air primarily at Daytona and Talladega. Indy is a nearly flat rectangle that hosts the Indianapolis 500. Indy cars are a different animal and have no restriction. NASCAR cars are about aero and using air as the advantage. As a test NASCAR will give the restrictor plate a try in this years Xfinity race. Using the air with no restriction is would be the same with a plate because this track has braking in the turns opposed to a draft going a constant 200 mph. On and off the throttle creates the same effect like at other tracks. The lead car always has the best air. Basically, it's just setting a speed reduction and will spread them out even more. The Xfinity cars will be having a spoiler with more drag as an added feature. We tried this high drag package at Michigan before and most were very opposed to it. It just goes down the road of all the factors the either bring fans to the track or why's them away. I'm up for whatever and will watch what is presented to me. I do give kudos to NASCAR for trying different things. The old saying goes "You don't know until you try"
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