Hall of Fame driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has continued to air his disdain toward NASCAR‘s use of large spoilers. The conversation around the matter has arisen again after Joey Logano’s scary crash at this past weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. Logano has now come out with a strong stance regarding the stock car attachment.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. hates large spoilers in NASCAR
Over the last few years, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has become extremely vocal concerning his disdain toward spoilers on stock cars.
Earnhardt Jr. has been a massive advocate for cutting down the device’s size as he believes it has created more issues. During his Dale Jr. Download podcast, he voiced that he felt the larger spoilers allowed trailing cars to move faster and handle easier.
“[All the blocking we see in the races] is because of the giant spoiler on the car,” Earnhardt said. “I’m sorry. The spoiler creates such big runs from the guys behind them. The runs are so plentiful. The runs are so aggressive. The ability to push and shove because of the wake of the spoiler. You’re just running over the leader, really, and he’s doing everything he can to keep you behind him.”
Earnhardt Jr. has also voiced his displeasure concerning the matter on the NBC Sports broadcast of the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in October 2019, calling them “Giant a** spoilers.”
The conflict with the care attachment looks to have hit another tipping point after Joey Logano’s scary crash last Sunday.
Joey Logano doubles down on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s hatred toward NASCAR spoilers
Joey Logano has quickly popped into the spoilers conversation following his frightening crash at last weekend’s Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Logano’s car went airborne and flipped over on the track after receiving an accidental nudge from Denny Hamlin’s front bumper. During an interview on “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, he voiced his desire to reduce the size of the nine-inch rear spoiler. (h/t Yahoo Sports)
“The spoiler creates, in my opinion, the runs that we see,” Logano said. “The big runs that create the pushes and the shoves. Cars don’t crash in the corners anymore. They crash down the straightaways from pushing.
“We need to create a little bit more bubble and more space between cars like we used to have. We’ll still have pack racing, just like we’ve always had. We’ll still have ‘the big one’ (crash), but it won’t happen as frequently, and I think that is good. Also with the big spoiler, when the car goes backwards, it’s creating lift and maybe not allowing the roof flaps to do its job, either.”
Logano added that it would be a step forward in the process toward creating much-needed change. He believes it’s the “easiest” fix that NASCAR can do at this point.
The question now becomes whether NASCAR will make that alteration.
NASCAR must address the spoiler issue
Logano’s crash isn’t the first instance where it created some concerns regarding the use of large spoilers.
The same discussion cropped up after Ryan Newman’s frightening crash at the 2020 Daytona 500. Newman managed to avoid any severe injuries aside from a brain bruise, but it was eerie similar to what Logano experienced.
NASCAR chose to increase the size of the spoilers in 2019 to add more downforce on the car to create greater lower-to-the-ground driving. It also leads to more grip on the tries, generating better handling for the drivers and better speeds in the corners.
The benefits are certainly there, but it comes with disadvantages such as visually blocking what drivers can see behind them. It’s a push-pull situation that NASCAR will have to address appropriately at some point soon.