#10 Aaron's Pontiac Crew Chief James Ince responding to today's news reports that NASCAR will mandate a one-inch restrictor plate when the Winston Cup Series races at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sept. 17.
Ince On The Restrictor Plate:
"The restrictor plate isn't going to effect the way you bounce off the walls, but it will slow things down. Its definitely going to slow corner entry speeds at New Hampshire. That could be the problem there. You are on the gas to the last second and if something goes wrong, you don't have a chance. If you are going 20 mph slower on entry you have a better opportunity if something does go wrong."
Will This Solve Problem?
"I'm not sure if it is the right thing to do, but I'm glad they are doing something. NASCAR is usually up on things and know what is going on. I'm sure they have studied the situation and think this is the right thing to do. The modifieds have used it there for the past few years. We will adapt. We are racers. We will do whatever they want us to do."
How Will This Change The Race?
"I'm not sure how it will affect the race. Loudon is a tough place to pass anyway. This places a big, big emphasis on qualifying. It was hard to come from the back there before because the race track is so tight. Now it is going to be even tougher. The guys that qualify up front are probably going to run up front all day because it's so tough to pass the guy off the corner.
"I think this restrictor plate will be noticeably different than Talladega and Daytona. You have a downforce car at New Hampshire. You can't run a speedway car there. I'm not sure the fans will notice a difference but its going to be a big difference to the teams."