NASCAR’s Restrictor Plate – Friend or Foe

Photo – Toyota Racing

By Rich Foust

No, it’s not the plate that you get at the salad bar…

It all started with Talladega in 1987, when Bobby Allison lost control of his car and went airborne into the catch fence, with his car traveling at a speed in excess of 200 mph. Terrified by the dangerous situation for fans and drivers, NASCAR decided something needed to be done to slow speeds to keep cars out of the grandstands and keep fans safe. Continue reading