DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - What have we learned after three days of testing with 34 teams at Daytona International Speedway?
1. The bump-drafting era is over at restrictor plate tracks with the Generation 6 car
After Dale Earnhardt Jr. tapped the back of Marcos Ambrose on Friday, 12 cars were collected out of an 18-car drafting pack. Earnhardt insists the bumpers between the two manufacturers (Chevy and Ford) simply didnt line up. Martin Truex Jr. posted the third-fastest lap on Friday (199.212 mph) afternoon but the team packed up after he was collected in the "big one" during that session.
Still, from the two days Truex spent on the track, he believes drafting will be "more like it used to be. There were no two-car tandems," Truex said. "It was somewhat difficult to get on a guy's bumper and push him, but again you get that little air bubble between you and you could get a guy rolling and get a guy moving in front of you and give him some good momentum and make some passes. It was c...