NASCAR mandates second tether

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NASCAR mandates addition of second tether to front wheels. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 12, 2003) -- The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today that all cars or trucks competing in NASCAR's Winston Cup Series,...

NASCAR mandates addition of second tether to front wheels.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 12, 2003) -- The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today that all cars or trucks competing in NASCAR's Winston Cup Series, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series will require a second tether for the front wheels at events on all tracks 1.25 miles or more in length, excluding road courses.

"Since the incident last Sunday at Talladega where the No.12 car's front wheel became disconnected, we have been analyzing the car and data at our new Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina," said NASCAR Managing Director of Competition Gary Nelson, who also oversees and manages the R&D Center. "After thorough and exhaustive analysis, we have determined that two Vectran0x00ae HS V-12 fiber cables would add more than double the strength of one steel cable. Consequently, steel cables will no longer be permitted."

The new ruling will take effect beginning with the April 27 race at California Speedway, a 2-mile oval.

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