NASCAR Considers Gear Change Rule For Vegas

ESPN is reporting that NASCAR is considering changing its gear rule for Las Vegas Motor Speedway next season in an attempt to prevent the engine failures that occurred at last weekend’s Shelby 427.

Roush Fenway Racing lost three engines during the race, including points-leader Matt Kenseth’s. In addition, five Toyota teams had to go to the rear of the field after changing their engines.

Doug Yates, who oversees the Roush-Yates engine program indicated that a more conservative gear ratio could have prevented the problems.

Kenseth and teammates David Ragan, and Carl Edwards all experience engine problems, but their issues were all different. “Matt Kenseth had a piston problem in the first five laps, David Ragan lost a valve spring before the 100-lap mark and Carl Edwards lost a rod bearing on the last lap.”

Those problems were different from the ones Toyota experience.

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