The only incident during Thursdays “Preseason Thunder” was the result of tandem drafting by Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin. With Bowyer in front his car went around off the front bumper of Martin. The action was not surprising as this has been the norm in NASCAR’s new age of racing at super speedways.
It’s the comments of Bowyer that should have raised eyebrows.
For all the talk and actions of NASCAR to stop tandem drafting; Daytona testing on Thursday confirmed it is here to stay for the 2012 season. NASCAR has tweaked the size of restrictor plates, eliminated communication between drivers and been vocal about their attempts to limit what some consider “not racing.”
Mixed in with the disappointment and uncertainty of what happened during the incident Bowyer said what everyone knew and what NASCAR officials feared.
Bowyer said the obvious. Despite the cars moving around more, the two-car tandem is still an advantage so “you have to do it.”