Weeks before the Cup race in Phoenix, NASCAR announced a new, low-downforce aero package for short tracks and road courses. The package features a two inch spoiler and removed four underbody strakes. After seeing the announcement, many fans and drivers were hopeful the changes improved the racing.
Now that the modifications have hit the track in Phoenix, let’s take a look at the fan reaction.
What You Need to Know:
- As NASCAR works to continually advance their on-track racing product, the short track package was the first to be adjusted.
- The adjustments debuted at Phoenix with significant anticipation.
- Fans love talking about how NASCAR can do things better. Alongside drivers, the industry expressed excitement over new challenges and hope for even better racing.
Around the Garage
Bob Pockrass captured Blaney’s comments on the package.
Stewart-Haas Racing mechanic Brian Murphy, a popular technical commenter, gave his perspective post-race.
In the Stands
Around the garage, insiders had a wait-and-see approach. Darrian Gilliam had a similar perspective.
His replies, however, were quicker to judge.
Some thought it was the track that was holding back the action. Eric didn’t think the difference would be large enough for TV viewers to observe.
David doesn’t think anything could save the Next Gen car at this point.
Racer and fan Mike Skinner gave his comments.
Brett doesn’t want to blame the package or the track, saying the cars and drivers are just so closely matched.
At the track, Zach Vortex is encouraged by the product.