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March 8th, 2012, 12:37 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by L8Braker View Post
Shupe, it's a risk no doubt, racing is dangerous. NASCAR attendance has been so low, they probably have room to move most spectators up the grand stands to keep them out of harms way, but the dude standing on the flag stand is fucked!!!

Can anyone predict how far a 220+ mph stock car will fly? How far is out of harm's way?

You're correct we can never account for every risk in racing. I believe at Texas in 2010 a piece of brake rotor flew through the window of a luxury box after a car hit the wall. Freak stuff. That said, we know stock cars fly when they get sideways at high enough speeds. I don't see such a plain risk as acceptable.

Racing feels so small when someone is killed. I realize the possibility will always be there, but if fans and/or a driver were killed because we wanted to see stock cars run at speeds we knew caused them to take off, well, that would be unacceptable for me. It's just the way I feel. I respect your take on it.
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March 8th, 2012, 04:46 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by povol View Post
Fuck em, let em fly. Bill Elliott said it best, Build taller catch fences, give us our motors back.

Bill Elliot wasn't alive when Le Mans 1955 happened, and he's obviously not a student of history. If you want to find out how slow NASCAR can go, launch a car into the stands and dismember 200 spectators. Washington DC will regulate NASCAR to 55mph, and all of the cars will be hybrids.

Some forms of motorsport are still banned to this day as a result of the legislative backlash against LeMans 1955. Switzerland's ban on motorsport wasn't repealed until 2007.
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March 9th, 2012, 03:58 AM   #23
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Good points guy, I'm just playing devils advocate here. I rarely watch NASCAR racing these days, and even if they removed the restrictor plates I'd probably still not watch.

There are a couple of ways to slow the cars down without restrictor plates and maybe that's what Pov is talking about, you can slow them down with aero aditions, but it would confuse the fans in the stands I think?
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