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Can A Team Get A Larger Restrictor Plate?
by Adam Sewell
 October 3, 2001

In July of the 2001 Winston Cup Season, NASCAR received an enormous amount of accusations that they had fixed the Pepsi 400 
at Daytona. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. dominated the race and won at the track that claimed the life of his father almost five months earlier.  Several members of the media, fans, and other racing series around the world accused NASCAR of giving Earnhardt, Jr. an advantage 
in hopes that a win by him would help heal the wound caused by the loss of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.  

The most common claim was that Earnhardt's car was given a larger restrictor plate, thus allowing his car to have more power than his competitors.  In fact, it is impossible for a larger restrictor plate to be placed on any of the cars. Earnhardt, Jr's domination of that race was reminiscent of the way that Sterling Marlin used to dominate at Daytona and Talladega in the mid 90's. Another matter that was overlooked was the fact that a RAD car has won every race at those two tracks since the introduction of the infamous aero-package.  
RAD is an aerodynamic association in which Richard Childress Racing, Andy Petree Racing, and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. share aerodynamic information in hopes of making their cars better.  

In 3 weeks, the Winston Cup series returns to the site of Dale Earnhardt Sr's last win, Talladega Super speedway.  To put all of these claims about restrictor plates to rest, I present the following facts. First of all, all restrictor plates are installed in broad day light, not inside the Inspection Bay, but in the open where even a fan in the
grandstands can see the plates being installed.  Second, the plates are kept in a lock box, and that box is only opened when a plate is being removed or placed back in the lock box. Third, and possibly most important, each restrictor plate assigned to the cars is chosen by luck of the draw.  It is not predetermined which plate will go on which car.  

Next, a NASCAR official takes the plate to a template and has it measured while a representative from that team watches.  If the
holes in the plate are too small or too wide, the plate is trashed
immediately and another one is randomly picked.  Then comes the actual installation of the restrictor plate. The car is pushed from the Inspection Bay to a spot in the garage area.  A NASCAR official places a gasket on the intake manifold and then places the restrictor plate on top of the gasket.  The official steps aside and watches
the team install the carburetor and cold-air box.  Before the car is allowed to move, the team must start the engine and have the official check for vacuum leaks with a probe to ensure that there are no air leaks.  More air would allow the teams to make more power.  If the 
car passes that test, it is cleared to go practice, qualify, or race,  whatever the case may be.

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