Tandem will be taboo on big tracks in Nationwide series

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 12: Kyle Larson, driver of the #32 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet leads Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet during NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway on January 12, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/NASCAR via Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 12:  Kyle Larson, driver of the #32 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet leads Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet during NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway on January 12, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/NASCAR via Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JANUARY 12: Kyle Larson, driver of the #32 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet leads Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet during NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway on January 12, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/NASCAR via Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.–What a new Nationwide Series competition package can’t accomplish, as far as tandem drafting is concerned, NASCAR will govern by edict.

Both the sanctioning body and the NNS drivers believe a shorter spoiler and a new cooling package, both mandated for superspeedways this year, will minimize two-car hookups with one car pushing another.

Beyond that, NASCAR informed Nationwide teams in an October meeting that locking bumpers in a tandem draft will be policed and prohibited.

“They made it very clear, that if we tandem at all, both cars will be black-flagged,” driver Elliott Sadler said Saturday.

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