Slice two and a half inches off the rear spoiler, decrease the aerodynamic effect of the front spoiler from two to 25/100ths of an inch, and reduce five inches from the radiator pan and you have the recipe for change. If driver comments from Aric Almirola, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski are any indication, NASCAR fans can expect better racing in 2016.
Now, all we can hope is that the three-day test at Phoenix with a group of drivers provides a sufficient enough baseline on which to judge whether or not the new rules package will result in the desired effect. Lord knows, we’ve seen enough of one driver stinking up the show. We’re coming off of one week of Kevin Harvick boat-racing the field at Dover, and a week of Joey Logano leading the parade at Charlotte. Yours truly tries hard not to be a Gloomy Gus, but let’s just a good fill up on coffee may be needed to make it through Kansas.
NASCAR vice-president Steve O’Donnell says the new rules package for 2016 closely resembles the package for Kentucky and Darlington. The Southern 500 was as good a race as I can remember for some time, and I never thought I’d see the day that I’d see a good race at Kentucky.
What they’re telling us is there will less downforce- creating more passing zones. Almirola says there will be less time spent standing on the gas, and Kenseth says there will be much less in the way of negative aero effects for trailing cars. Sounds good to me.
While it’s tempting to ask why some smart guy didn’t figure this out before, the good news is this season is almost over, and we have something to look forward to. In the meanwhile, I better make sure there’s enough cowboy coffee to get through Sunday.