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NASCAR Cup: aero changes for 2018 minimal

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas OilBy AMANDA VINCENT

NASCAR detailed its 2018 aerodynamic rules package for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to series race teams Tuesday, according to a report from NASCAR.com. Unlike in recent years past, changes for 2018 are minimal.

The biggest changes for next year are a common flat splitter and radiator/oil cooler. The radiator/oil cooler for 2018 already is used on superspeedways.

“As we do that, some of the downforce will be removed from the car, so we will see a rearward shift in the balance of the car,” NASCAR Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development Gene Stefanyshyn said, according to the NASCAR.com story. “We estimate somewhere between two to two-and-a-half percentage points backward, so there will be an aerodynamic change. For that reason, we’ve decided to kind of leave things as they are because that will be something that teams will need to deal with. That’s basically the big thing on the non-superspeedway tracks as far as the aero package is concerned.”

Meanwhile, the ride height rule will be eliminated for restrictor-place races at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Other rule changes include the addition of incident data recorders powered by the cars’ batteries.

As previously reported, there also will be rule changes pertaining to engines and the inspection process.

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