What does everyone think about the rules changes for 2019? The gist of it is that on tracks longer than one mile the engines will be "restricted" to 550 hp while all smaller tracks will have a 750 hp limit and all tracks will get aero changes that will result in much higher downforce. This will be similar to what they used for the 2018 All Star race with some tweaks.
Part of the aero package will be an 8" tall rear spoiler with the top half being transparent so that drivers can hopefully see through it when following another car.
There will no longer be a traditional restrictor plate used on any tracks but rather a tapered spacer between the throttle body and the intake manifold. In other words, there will no longer be any major difference between an engine for Daytona or Talladega and any other track longer than one mile in length (Charlotte, Atlanta, Michigan, etc.). They already use tapered spacers on all tracks except Daytona and Talladega so the new "big" track spacer will just be more restrictive than the ones used on shorter tracks. While some have touted the fact that the restrictor plates are going away the truth is they are just being replaced by a different shaped restriction.
These rules will go into effect for the first race after the 2019 Daytona 500.
The expectation is that overall lap speeds will not be too different than they are now. The cars will definitely be slower on the straightaways on big tracks due to reduced HP (actually more HP at Daytona and Talladega) and more downforce but should be faster through the turns due to that greater downforce. Corner entry speeds should be slower but they will be able to maintain more of that speed through the corners.
IMO this will get the desired result of "closer" racing on all "big" tracks, not just Daytona and Talladega. As we have seen with the current restrictor plates, along with closer racing comes more wrecks and more torn up race cars. I suspect this is also in response to a small group of cars winning most of the races this year. AKA the "Big Three". If your odds of finishing are reduced your odds of winning multiple races are as well.
If you like to see wrecks, this should be just the ticket...:rollseyes: