Single-file racing in NASCAR’s Daytona week so a long way has ended in concerns about the spectacle in Sunday’s Cup Assortment season-opening 500.
Closing weekend’s non-championship Conflict inch, Thursday evening’s Duel qualifying races and Saturday’s Xfinity Assortment opener had been all characterised by lengthy classes of autos working single-file and holding the high line.
The Daytona 500 is an anomaly in the revised 2019 Cup rules equipment – that includes horsepower reductions and aerodynamic changes to carry a watch at to stabilise the autos and make stronger the racing – because it is the most attention-grabbing time the restrictor plate plan will be used.
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Retired driver Dale Earnhardt Jr, whose JR Motorsports team obtained the Xfinity inch with Michael Annett, admitted he used to be perturbed.
“I don’t know what’s occurring with the high line turning into elegant so clearly dominant,” he acknowledged.
“It doesn’t seem love it be entirely by replacement that they all stride up there. It be by necessity.
“We will beget a fully different equipment when we traipse to Talladega so it’ll also honest be a non-arena, but the Xfinity autos and the Cup autos are no longer entirely the same and so that they both reacted the identical design and did the identical advise and raced the identical design.
“The rush numbers don’t seem to be the identical, the vitality is now not the identical, the drivers don’t seem to be the identical, but they looked the identical and ran the identical and had the identical the same inch that we have considered all week.”
Many drivers beget cited the proven fact that passing is most realistic doubtless on the delivery air, so the high line is being monopolised on yarn of they originate no longer desire competitors to receive a speed to their upright.
Roush Fenway driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr spent “the final 25 laps making an strive to settle out precisely what I used to be going to originate” in the foremost Duel as he chased leader Kevin Harvick, but “nothing in actuality materialised” through passing alternatives.
“All people has elegant learned that if we defend autos a long way flung from our upright rear quarter panel, we are in a position to more or much less defend our situation,” acknowledged Stenhouse after finishing 2d.
“You receive the highest 5 or six that desire to speed single file, then the remainder of the autos that desire to inch. They can not on yarn of we’re so rapid in the highest lane.”
The 2d Duel did feature a dull traipse for the lead, as Clint Bowyer used to be overcome by Joey Logano – who had drafting attend from Penske team-mate Ryan Blaney – in the closing phases.
Bowyer acknowledged the very fact the leaders would possibly well perchance perchance speed so noteworthy faster in a single file put together used to be strong to brush aside.
“Once those autos receive single file love that, elegant undercover agent on the lap instances, that tells the story,” he acknowledged.
“Those lap instances rating up a 2d, literally a 2d. The longer that chain got the faster I went up entrance.
“One time the chain must beget got longer on yarn of we picked up three tenths love ‘utter’.
“As soon as the #9 automobile [Chase Elliott] started getting antsy down there [on the lower line], we slowed down. As soon as they got lend a hand in line, I would possibly well perchance perchance scrutinize our lap instances picked lend a hand up.
“That you just would possibly no longer unlearn issues that we have learned. Will it traipse lend a hand to a couple-extensive, four-extensive, chaotic Daytona love it consistently is? Doubtlessly one day.”
Stenhouse furthermore felt that the unruffled qualifying races had been a case of “elegant discovering out through the years that the racing has reach to this – elegant making an strive to receive to the tip, no person wants to smash autos”.
Leading team bosses agreed that the cagey week so a long way used to be partly on yarn of of a desire to conserve equipment for the 500 itself and attributable to the smaller fields of the Conflict and Duels.
Roger Penske acknowledged: “We have to build it in context. The 125s [Duels], pretty truly, you beget your 500 automobile, you beget much less of a arena, so there is much less autos accessible to manoeuvre with or draft.
“The racing will be undoubtedly better on inch day. Vehicles are making an strive to stand as a lot as the entrance and draft [in the Duels].
“From some extent out standpoint, I maintain you are going to beget a blanket over the autos that can steal [in the 500].”
Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart agreed.
“The advise about the qualifying races is quite all of the arena is locked in anyway,” he acknowledged.
“The worst advise to originate is build your self in a inappropriate situation and deserve to bring a lend a hand-up automobile.
“You don’t desire to originate the rest to jeopardise that automobile that you qualified for the inch. Guys are a long way more cautious.
“Nonetheless we noticed guys love Plug Elliott, Daniel Suarez, that had been attempting strikes by themselves. That is something you once in a whereas don’t scrutinize a form of, where guys can transfer and traipse by themselves.
“I conception that used to be encouraging to undercover agent you are no longer having to count necessarily on a full pack of autos to abet you to transfer via the arena.
“Like Roger acknowledged, the more autos you receive accessible, the more the pack racing will get noteworthy better and better.
“Qualifying races once in a whereas don’t seem to be as spirited from that standpoint, but it surely’s on yarn of fellows are in actuality making an strive to take care of their equipment.
“The target on the tip of the day is to steal the Daytona 500.”
Daytona 500 initiating grid
|1||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|2||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|three||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|4||Joey Logano||Crew Penske||Ford|
|5||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|6||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|7||Paul Menard||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford|
|Eight||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|9||Matt DiBenedetto||Leavine Family Racing||Toyota|
|10||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|Eleven||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|12||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|thirteen||Darrell Wallace Jr.||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|14||Ryan Blaney||Crew Penske||Ford|
|15||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|16||Jamie McMurray||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|17||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|18||Plug Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|19||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|20||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|21||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|22||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||Chevrolet|
|23||Daniel Suarez||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|24||David Ragan||Entrance Row Motorsports||Ford|
|25||Parker Kligerman||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota|
|26||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|27||Landon Cassill||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet|
|28||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|29||Daniel Hemric||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|30||Brendan Gaughan||Beard Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|31||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|32||Corey LaJoie||Mosey FAS Racing||Ford|
|33||Matt Tifft||Entrance Row Motorsports||Ford|
|34||Michael McDowell||Entrance Row Motorsports||Ford|
|35||Brad Keselowski||Crew Penske||Ford|
|36||Ross Chastain||Top price Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|37||Cody Ware||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet|
|38||B.J. McLeod||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet|
|39||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|Forty||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet|