The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series champion, Joey Logano, believes that sanctioning bodies should tweak the rules every other year to make sure that the sport has multiple cars fighting for the title every race. He says that allowing one team or drivers to dominate for a significant chunk of the season is the product the stock racing fandom wants.
Formula One, the premier open-wheel racing championship in the world, is known for the best driver from the team, with the fastest cars dominating the whole race. The 2023 F1 season is the best example; from 13 of the 15 races this season was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who is set to win his third consecutive title. One or two other drivers have won the race, and just one non-Red Bull team has been to the victory lane.
Logano, in a recent NASCAR SiriusXM Radio appearance, pointed out that to create better racing, NASCAR can just change regulations and rules every other year. This will force the teams to go back to the drawing board, and this will produce a speed difference enough to spread the field. NASCAR uses the Next-Gen cars, which are spec-car, and it can help to make Logano’s proposal a reality.
“So, alright it’s a spec car, so everyone’s got the same stuff, so they’re going to be close. What do you do to change it up some? Change the rules. Change the rules, change the downforce levels. Take a bunch of downforce off of it,” Logano said, as reported by Yardbreaker.
“You get rid of the diffuser, oh boy, we’re starting all over. Everybody’s starting all over. That would be huge, that would be a massive change as far as car setups, and the field would be more spread out as far as speed. That creates better racing,” Logano added.
Joey Logano says equal cars don’t make the best races
While many claim that the same cars produce better racing, Logano doesn’t buy into the claim. He couldn’t find the happy medium where speed matters, but it doesn’t make racing as one-dimensional as in F1, where the fastest cars run the show.
“Everyone thinks the closer the cars are the better racing there is, I don’t know. There’s a happy medium in there somewhere. You don’t want the fastest – you don’t want it to look like F1, where there’s one car that’s significantly faster than the rest of them, right? And then you have the same winner every week,” Logano said.
Logano’s happy medium, as racing at the same speed won’t make the final product better, is changing the rules every two years, as he claimed earlier. He believes the bid rule changes will create more passes and better racing.
“We all run the same speed, so it’s really hard to see a lot of racing that way. So, I think, you know, if you can change the rules up every couple of years, something big, big rules change. I think that creates some separation in the field, which ultimately creates better passes and racing, I think.” Logano added.
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