Look at other rules

Jim Peltz

Los Angeles Times

No race is 100 percent safe for fans, hence the legal fine print on the back of their tickets. But there also is no reason NASCAR cannot revisit its guidelines for restrictor-plate racing at Daytona and Talladega.

Don't discard it — the crash that ushered in this type of racing, Bobby Allison's at Talladega in 1987, showed speeds needed to be capped. But there might be other rules or car adjustments that could reduce the risk.

The tracks also should re-examine their fencing and seating. Moving the lowest seats higher would not eliminate the potential for injury, as was seen Saturday, but it might put more fans out of harm's way.


An inherent danger

George Diaz

Orlando Sentinel

There is risk in every sport. NASCAR carries an inherent danger for both drivers and spectators. Restrictor-plate racing always brings that X-factor.

What happened at Daytona on Saturday was frightening, but the fact remains that tens of thousands of fans came back Sunday to watch another race in which drivers drove at even faster speeds.

A freaky thing happened Saturday, but it is not the norm for every race. What usually happens is that cars go flying, and drivers remarkably walk out of the carnage relatively unscathed. That's what Kyle Larson did after his car was ripped to shreds on Saturday.

The nanny state seems to have forgotten that point.


Speeds need to be limited

Kevin Cowherd

Baltimore Sun

The gripe about restrictor plates is that they cause pack racing, which can make a race like the Daytona 500 look like rush hour on the beltway.

Owners don't like it, drivers don't like it, fans don't like it. But without restrictor plates limiting speeds, cars can take flight and land in the grandstands and do even more damage than the crash that injured 28 spectators at Daytona on Saturday. So don't look for the plates to go away soon.