Kyle Busch: “Hopefully it’ll make the cars drive worse, so then there is some handling that comes into play”
For 2018, there’s a new NASCAR rule at Superspeedways. Really, it’s a lack of a rule.
The ride height rule has been removed for both Daytona and Talladega. This is something that went into effect years ago on the other tracks. This year, they have added it to the Superspeedway races.
Kyle Busch see’s it at a positive. He says it will certainly be safer but he thinks it could also make the competition more exciting.
It see’s a possible side effect of this rule. It could make the cars drive worse, which would be better from a fans perspective.
Kyle Busch on ride heights
“I think it’s going to be better for the safety aspect,” Busch commented from the NASCAR media days. “I think, obviously, with all of us trying to get our cars as down and as low as possible that that’s going to be really good for us for lift off speeds and things like that. When the car gets turned around, it’s not going to want to lift as fast.
“We kind of saw that a couple years ago. I think Matt (Kenseth) actually went upside down at Talladega-well, a few guys went upside down, but Matt most notably. When the car turned sideways, it automatically lifted and then it just kind of went over.”
“Now when the car gets sideways and turned, it’s not going to lift because it doesn’t want to rebound. It doesn’t want to be pushed back up because of the soft springs and the ride height rule.”
Busch isn’t certain how the new rule will affect the handling of the cars on the plate tracks, but he hopes it makes them more difficult to drive.
“Maybe hopefully it’ll make the cars drive worse, so then there is some handling that comes into play,” he expressed.
“I would enjoy that. I would like that, because I think any time you have an opportunity to out setup someone or out handle someone at a racetrack, that’s what creates racing. That’s what makes passing.”
Kyle Busch has never won the Daytona 500. However, he did win the Daytona July race back in 2008. Ealier in 2008, Busch also went to victory lane at Talladega Superspeedway.
Related: 2018 NASCAR rules update