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01/25/13
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Roush predicts a wreckfest for Daytona 500
Jack Roush says Daytona's SpeedWeeks will likely be filled with crashes unless NASCAR tightens up the new 2013s before the season opening Daytona 500.

However Roush says he senses NASCAR officials won't change much, if anything, until after Daytona.

Roush called the three-day Daytona test earlier this much "really inconclusive, because they didn't have an inspection process, and many of the cars were not with approved final hardware. They just didn't have the parts to build the cars correctly.

"Still, based on our better than average success there the last two years, I am guardedly optimistic we can return to that form.

"But I will not be surprised if we are not as good this year as we were in 2011 and 2012. Those were incredible years for us, in which if things had broken just right for us we could have won every restrictor plate race. And that's unusual for me at Daytona and Talladega."

Roush then warns "I think at Daytona and Talladega we've got trouble coming. With the 450 pounds of downforce they've taken off those cars, and the shift (in downforce) to the front, it will make a lot of cars hard to handle. Like Jamie McMurray in Daytona testing almost lost it, and Greg Biffle almost spun out in turn four.

"The cars are so close to not having enough mechanical and aero grip that the drivers are going to have a knife-edge window to deal with. [Will be trouble for the least talented drivers there on their Daddy's coattails or other entertainment reason]

"The thing they could do real easy is to put more real spoiler on the car. And I would not be surprised if we don't have more rear spoiler for the Talladega race (May 5th).

"And I think it's going to be trouble." MikeMulhern.net

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