When the checkered flag drops on The Auto Club 400 Sunday afternoon, NASCAR, and all of the technical experts should have enough data on all of the track types where they can logically come up with a configuration package on the Gen 6 Car, that will make everybody happy. The testing should be concluded where they know what they have in the new race car.
During pre-season activities, they were able to test the car at Charlotte, and Daytona, but they needed data from the other types of tracks before they could actually sit down and apply some changes to improve the situation.
Other than Daytona, which is an odd ball, and that data only applies to four races a year, two at Daytona, and two at Talladega, they now have input from Phoenix International Raceway which is a one mile D-oval, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a 1.5 mile D-Oval, and Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol is a short track, but unique in banking to the other short tracks which are somewhat flat. All that is remaining, is Auto Club Speedway at Fontana which is a two mile D-Oval.
After the cars finish in California, NASCAR will be taking the spring break, and have a week off the following week prior to racing at Martinsville. This should give the engineers, and tire people time, and the necessary data to institute some changes as we go forward.
I personally feel like they don’t need too many changes. Other than the racing at Daytona, where they, for sure need to make some changes, the racing at the other tracks was what I was hoping for. Good door to door racing, with the speed, and the ability to make passes. The leader has the advantage, as he, or she should have in clean air, and with the racing groove, and everyone else at a disadvantage. That’s what racing is all about.
Other than Texas, and Kansas, the schedule will start to move into the unique tracks of the southeast where it will get it’s real examination. I can’t wait to see the new car perform at Martinsville, Richmond, and Darlington. That’s where the real test lies. One could only hope NASCAR would add some of these tracks back to the schedule.
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