Ross Chastain’s unbelievable wall journey at Martinsville Speedway was one of the exhilarating moments of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Collection season. The determined maneuver acquired Chastain previous a number of automobiles on the race’s last lap and secured his place within the season finale’s Championship 4 area. Nonetheless, the thrilling tactic that Chastain used might be unlawful beginning this season. NASCAR introduced this amongst a raft of different rule adjustments for the upcoming season.
NASCAR officers have now deemed the watermelon farmer’s transfer, known as the “Hail Melon,” as unlawful. In line with Racer, the sanctioning physique cited an current rule in its resolution. The referenced rule reads, “violations deemed to compromise the protection of an occasion or in any other case pose a harmful threat to the protection of rivals, officers, spectators.” If a driver rides the wall throughout a race, they are going to be given a time penalty. The ban isn’t unsurprising as many drivers, whereas impressed, speculated that wall using can be banned the day it occurred.
NASCAR additionally introduced just a few different important rule adjustments. Moist climate tires might be accessible to groups at a number of flat short-track ovals, together with the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, North Wilkesboro Speedway, and Phoenix Raceway. The Cup Collection will now not characteristic stage breaks throughout street course races. Stage factors will nonetheless be awarded, however the race is not going to be stopped. Additionally, drivers will now not must be within the prime 30 in factors to obtain a playoff eligibility waiver.
Restarts may also look a bit of totally different this season. NASCAR is extending the restart zone through the first 5 races by 50 %. The select rule, the measure the place drivers determine whether or not they restart within the inside or exterior line, will now be used at superspeedways and grime tracks.
This weekend’s Conflict on the Coliseum will see the debut of mufflers on Cup Collection automobiles. NASCAR goals to scale back the louder noise ranges of the NextGen automobiles to extra applicable ranges for drivers, crews and followers. The mufflers will see additional growth for future use on quick tracks and street programs. The modification has elevated warmth within the automotive’s parts however not the cockpit. Although, using flame-resistant underwear is now obligatory.