Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Restrictions a Big Help in Handling

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Restrictions a Big Help in Handling

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DAYTONA BEACH -- One thing about Daytona International

Speedway -- slower can mean safer.

If so, Winston Cup driver Rusty Wallace said yesterday, Sunday's

Daytona 500 could be one of the safest in years and could take on

a decidedly non-Daytona look.

"There is one thing definitely positive about this week -- I

haven't talked to hardly anybody who says their car's handling

bad," Wallace said.

NASCAR this season made changes in cars' compression ratio

and also altered the restrictor plates, moves that slowed cars

on superspeedways such as Daytona.

"We've been out there drafting and I've seen guys go to

three-[car]-wide situations," Wallace said. "It's because we're

running a lot slower. Last year, we were in 196-mph drafts; this

year, it's 188.

"I think the 500 will look like Talladega [Superspeedway],

where the cars run bumper to bumper."

YOUNG GUN -- Mike Swaim Jr. became the youngest driver to win

the pole for the Daytona USA Motorsports Attraction 200, formerly

the Florida 200. …

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