So long wing, we hardly knew ye

March, 16, 2010

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Call me crazy -- and I'm sure a few of you will -- but I'm not crazy about the look of the spoiler.

Maybe after three years of watching Sprint Cup cars with wings and noticing there are more street cars with wings than spoilers I finally swallowed the Kool-Aid that NASCAR sold us when the new car was introduced.

But I truly can't see where the car looks better with a spoiler. If anything it looks a little silly, and at least one engineer went as far as to say "it looks stupid."

Finding a driver to agree with me is tougher than finding a Tennessee football fan in Alabama. From Jeff Gordon to Brad Keselowski to Jimmie Johnson, they all agree the spoiler looks cooler and the car looks racier with the spoiler.

That Gordon believes this doesn't surprise. He was one of the first to say the new car looked nothing like a stock car and was reminded of that during Tuesday's test at Talladega Superspeedway.

"Yeah, I was never crazy about the way the wing was mounted to the back of the car," Gordon admitted with a smile. "When I envisioned a wing being put on our car, I envisioned it a little bit more like a Trans-Am car, where it was raised up, more of a cool-looking concept.

"But you know, the wing that we put on there was just a glorified spoiler. It sat down on the deck lid. It wasn't very appealing. We weren't really using it efficiently. So when I heard about going back to the spoilers I was totally fine with it."

That's apparently what the fans wanted. NASCAR has been hearing that from Day 1 and finally succumbed to the pressure.

I admit in the beginning I wasn't fond of the wing, but it has grown on me. Part of me wishes they weren't transitioning back to the spoiler, particularly since crew chiefs and engineers have honed in on the wing to the point the competition is the best it's been in years.

I fear we may go backward, at least for a while, even though I was assured by most that racing will get even better.

Maybe the spoiler will grow on me.

All I know is when I asked for a spoiler on a rental car to come to this test I was given a wing, and it looked pretty cool.

David Newton | email

ESPN Staff Writer



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