Auto racing is a dangerous sport, but NASCAR strives to make a dangerous sport as safe as possible. Advocates like retired driver Jeff Burton are constantly pushing for safety measures to protect the drivers in times of an accident.
In the wake of the last lap crash of the 2020 Daytona 500 that sent Ryan Newman to the hospital and out of his race car for two months, NASCAR has made some changes to the design of the cars for the super speedway tracks of Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Speedway.
In the past, NASCAR has added role bars to the inside of cars after crashes involving Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty. Those role bars are now known as the Earnhardt and Petty bars. When NASCAR takes to the track again at Daytona and Talladega, there will be two new roll bar support pieces added to the car in the area where Newman’s was was hit.
In addition, NASCAR is requiring a second oil flow valve to the Dayton and Talladega cars. Newman’s car caught fire as a result of leaking oil.
After some time away from the track due to lock down orders, NASCAR is making a few changes to the engines used in the cars.
In an effort to reduce crashes and multiple “big ones”, NASCAR is reducing the air flow in the engine which will also reduce the closing rate on the cars.