During Monday nights RACE22 Radio relaunch, Josh Berry offered his take on the new spindle rule and explained why he thinks it didn’t make the one-piece billet steel spindles illegal at all.
“That rule did not outlaw anything,” Berry told RACE22.com. “It didn’t. The $1,000 Kyle Busch spindles that you wrote about are still legal. So everybody that’s saying this is all for cost savings don’t know what they’re talking about.”
Berry is referring to spindles that were first seen on a Late Model Stock Car at the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on the car that Kyle Busch was driving for Nelson Motorsports.
“Well the ones you’re referring to are actually three pieces, if I’m correct, the main spindle, the snout welded in and the steering arm welded on. So there’s your $1,000 spindle.”
Berry admitted he has those spindles and has been running them since July after seeing them at the Denny Hamlin race on the Kyle Busch car.
“I understand the cost savings part of it but it didn’t outlaw that. I mean that’s the way I read it, I might be wrong. If it’s welded on. I mean I can take my $1,000 spindle and run it through his band saw and reweld it on there and it’s still a $1,000 spindle. I might be interpreting different.”
Roger Johnson, owner of Performancenter Racing Warehouse and co-host of the show added that some teams may just not cut it at all and weld it to make it look like it was welded together.
“I saw one particular comment on there that Late Model Stock doesn’t need a $1,000 a piece spindle and I don’t disagree with that but I mean I don’t know what you do it about it now,” added Berry.
Berry says he doesn’t know how you would write a rule to keep the cost down on the spindles now.
“I’m not sure how you would write a rule that would eliminate the cost part of that and keep the cost down on it. I wouldn’t be opposed to that but what they wrote did not do that.”