DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Race fans have been delivering a strong message, and now in response, NASCAR has delivered a new rules package that will heighten the racing excitement for the prestigious 52nd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Daytona International Speedway.

The changes, which were announced on Thursday afternoon, include:
• Permitting bump drafting around the entire 2.5-mile tri-oval shaped track
• A larger restrictor plate that will provide the drivers with more horsepower

“We applaud NASCAR for listening to the race fans,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “The racing at Daytona has been exceptional year in and year out and these changes will give the drivers even more flexibility on the race track to provide the thrilling action that race fans come to expect at the Daytona 500.”

The new rules will be in effect for all of the Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks 2010 events.

Fans will witness the new rules in action for the first time in the Budweiser Shootout, the 75-lap, non-points event that is part of racing tripleheader on Saturday, Feb. 6 with Daytona 500 Qualifying By Kroger and the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200.

The new rules will also be in effect for the Gatorade Duel At Daytona, the no-holds barred 150-mile qualifying races which finalize the 43-car field for “The Great American Race.”

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