INDIANAPOLIS – Recent reports around the restrictor plate usage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July for NASCAR will soon be confirmed, as it looks like NASCAR will use restrictor plates on the XFINITY Series cars for the race on July 22 this year. Look for a formal announcement on that soon.
Also among those reports, are that if things go well enough for the XFINITY Series’ Lilly Diabetes 250 this year, that they will use the restrictor plates at the Brickyard 400 in 2018.
Futhermore, NASCAR if things go well at Indianapolis, NASCAR is looking at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway to using the restrictor plates on as well.
Currently, only the races at the Daytona International Speedway and the Talladega Superspeedway are the lone two tracks where restrictor plates are used. NASCAR is hoping that adding plates to Indy this July will make it easier to bunch the field up and making passing more of a premium.
At Indy, cars get strung out and passing is difficult. That’s part of the reason to why attendance has dropped drastically every year since 2008. Indy wasn’t built in 1909 with stock cars in mind. That’s why passing is very few and far between at Indy on the NASCAR side.
July’s heat of the day, lack of passing and a tire debacle in 2008 led to a sharp decline at the gates, so a new approach with restrictor plates will hopefully work. If not, the road course option will next be on the table.
They’re hoping to get things squared around. Restrictor plates, road course etc. IMS and NASCAR are trying to create passing in someway shape of fashion.