Bill Elliott and the No. 21 Wood Brothers Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion shed their wings and spent Tuesday and Wednesday getting reacquainted with an old friend – the conventional rear spoiler. The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team was among 40 Sprint Cup outfits that participated in the two-day test at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The wing that was on the Car of Tomorrow for its first 93 races will be replaced by a flat blade rear spoiler beginning with this week’s race at Martinsville Speedway.
Elliott and the Woods, running a limited schedule this season, won’t race with it until the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 16-18. Elliott posted the ninth fastest speed in Wednesday morning’s session, turning a lap at 185.134 miles per hour. But he said that although that speed got his car number on the upper side of the speed chart it wasn’t the true measure of what the team accomplished at the test. “The important thing is we learned a lot,” he said. “The test went well, and we collected a lot of data.”
The new spoiler, which will be used at all tracks except Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, is 64.5 inches wide and four inches tall in the center. It will be attached to the rear of the car at a 70- degree angle and is not adjustable. NASCAR officials say that beginning with the Texas race, a 3.5-inch-tall rear-deck fin will be added to the left side of the car. This fin can either be the full length of the deck lid or a maximum of eight inches short of the spoiler. With the deck lid fin and its length options, the teams will have some flexibility in adjusting rear side force.