After 93 races utilizing a rear wing, this weekend’s race in Martinsville, VA marks the return to a traditional spoiler on the rear of NASCAR Sprint Cup cars. The wings were implemented back in 2007 as part of the “car of tomorrow”, and were supposed to allow for closer racing as part of the modified aerodynamics package. Despite their potential, the wings were universally reviled by drivers, crew chiefs and fans alike.
Don’t expect the change to have a dramatic effect on the next two races, since neither Martinsville nor Phoenix are considered “high speed” tracks. The first real test of the old style spoilers on the new cars will come at Texas Motor Speedway on April 18.