The world’s greatest website — Fark — sums it up nicely: “Nobody’s died on live TV in a while, and ratings are down, so NASCAR’s going to increase horsepower at Daytona and let drivers mix it up a little.”

Of course, the official lap-dog NASCAR press skates past that, calling the changes an attempt to “energize” NASCAR and return to “basics.” One tone-deaf yob even cites Dale Earnhardt in applauding the changes.