NASCAR is claiming that the 2010 rules changes will be to 'let the drivers do their job'. It's very gratifying to hear them admit that NASCAR is a contact sport. One key difference between stock car and open wheel is that you can bump and not necessarily wreck.
So, here are the changes:
1. The annoying CoT wing will be gone, replaced with a traditional spoiler. Supposedly this change is for aesthetics and to make the car drive differently. All I can say is: Glad that ugly thing is gone. (Well, soon to be gone. Testing is not complete and it's likely we'll see wings for the first couple of races)
2. The Daytona 500 restrictor plate opening is to be increased, to 'make racing more competitive'. Jury out...I want to wait for the actual race to see if it worked.
3. A 'shark fin' is going to be added to the cars at Daytona, to 'improve stability'. Keeping my jury out on this one too. It might or might not cause a noticeable change to race events.
4. The 'no bump draft in the corners' policy is being thrown out. Good! Drivers were confused as to when they could and when they could not...result? Everyone drove more slowly. Not what you want in a motor race. Sure, safety is to be taken into consideration, but these guys are all professionals...and with modern race cars, drivers can indeed walk away from a seven-flip. We all saw it at Talladega.
5. The stupid, stupid no pit stop rule in the truck series is also being thrown out. Thank you.