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Spoiler Debate Heating Up

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CONCORD — Part two of the big Memorial Day Weekend of racing at the Charlotte MotorSpeedway finds Jeff Gordon on the point for the Coca Cola 600. Last Saturdaynight Gordon's Chevy dominated the all-star race. Ford drivers lobbiedNASCAR for and received, extra spoiler height. The spoiler makes the racecars more stable, and NASCAR has made several changes in spoiler heightthe past two seasons to make the cars more competitive. But now the greatspoiler debate is wearing thin.

When you get right down to it, it's just a piece of metal. So why isspoiler the NASCAR buzz word of the week? In a nutshell, Ford thinksChevy has an unfair advantage because of the spoiler size and the downforce it creates. Chevy thinks the same of Ford, so gentlemen start yourwhining:

Mark Martin wishes everyone had a certain spoiler size, and that's the wayit would be. Then, if a driver's car still didn't work, he would have tofind someone to build a better car or go build it himself.

Jeff Gordon's Chevy has been the favorite target of the Ford drivers.After all, if Gordon is winning all of these races, it has to be becauseof the spoiler, right?

Jeff Gordon doesn't think so. He doesn't think down force or horsepowerhas anything to do with it. He says the numbers tell the storythemselves. Gordon says he's not going to join the group of complainers.He's just going to race hard.

Dale Jarrett is tired of the debate too. He says when it comes to Gordon,the fair thing to do is to get his 24 car in the wind tunnel. Jarrettwonders how he could've won 16 to 18 races without already being requiredto enter the wind tunnel.

WRAL's Jim Noble doesn't intend to bogg you readers down with allof the technical mumbo-jumbo. The fact of the matter is, the cars willnever be alike, and that's what's driving all of the crew members nuts.

Crew Chief Todd Parrott seconds that opinion. He says as long as we areall alive, there's going to be complaining. There will always be someonewith an advantage.

Ricky Rudd says folks in the shop are sick and tired of hearing aboutspoilers. Rudd doesn't bring up the word for fear his men will walk outand quit.

So when will NASCAR stop "spoiling" all of the fun? Your guess is good asours.

Jim Noble reporting