Each of these drivers — all among NASCAR’s absolute best — has had issues this end of the week amid the preliminaries for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3 p.m. ET, FOX) at Auto Club Speedway.
Johnson spun by and by Friday and needed to go to a move down auto when his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet got its front end in the infield grass, tearing up the nose.
Keselowski labeled the divider in qualifying Friday. “I hit the divider, which is truly humiliating, yet I was attempting to get all it had and quite recently achieved excessively far,” he said. Harvick, Kurt Busch, Larson and Elliott all reached the ACS dividers on Saturday, as did Ricky Stenhouse Jr. what’s more, David Ragan.
Also, towards the finish of Happy Hour Saturday, Kyle Busch, regularly one of the surest hands in the driver’s seat spun, as well. What’s bringing about all the disorder? Two things, for the most part: The first is the way that NASCAR has whacked the downforce on the Cup autos again this year, making them harder to drive.
Second, and all the more imperatively, is the dashing surface at Auto Club Speedway. Yes, it’s routine black-top all around however there are creases most all around, and those creases are to a great degree troublesome when a driver keeps running over them. Also, they are ubiquitous to the point that they are practically difficult to evade.
The dominance of creases makes the track mercilessly harsh to drive on, particularly now that the autos are so low to ground. In the event that you watch the activity in moderate movement, it would appear that the autos are running over railroad ties — aside from, all things considered, they’re doing it at 210+ miles for each hour entering the corners.
“You pull your safety belts tight and simply appeal to God for generally advantageous,” was the manner by which seven-time arrangement champion and six time ACS victor Johnson depicted a lap at this track.
But then, this track is a most loved of drivers.
“It’s an all inclusive race track and you can run anyplace from the base to the top,” said post victor Kyle Larson, who won Saturday’s XFINITY Series race. “Got the chance to be moderate on your tires and be tolerant against the divider, additionally forceful. It’s a serious race track. The race has dependably felt genuinely long on the grounds that it’s so requesting, however better believe it, I wish there were more race tracks this way.”
So hope to see significantly more anarchy on Sunday. “This race track dependably appears to give great three-and in some cases four-or broad hustling,” said Ryan Newman, a week ago’s champ at Phoenix. “Yet, I think simply observing autos sliding around will be significantly more fun this week than expected.”