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O’Donnell: NASCAR could use All-Star package in up to three races this year

NASCAR is exploring potentially using the rules package from last month’s All-Star Race in up to three Cup points races this season, Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said in an interview with Fox Sports 1.

O’Donnell was asked about NASCAR’s discussions regarding the package Saturday at Pocono Raceway.

O’Donnell said NASCAR is looking at using the package “at one or two or possibly three events” to help “see if this is the direction we want to pursue for 2019.”

The package includes a restrictor plate, air ducts, a taller spoiler and the 2014 style splitter.

A similar package debuted in the Xfinity Series last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Xfinity is using it again this weekend at Pocono and next week at Michigan International Speedway. All three tracks could be sites for the Cup Series to use the package again this season.

Cup will make its second visit to Pocono on July 29, Michigan on Aug. 12 and Indy hosts the regular season finale on Sept. 9.

On Friday, multiple Cup drivers said adjustments should be made to make the package harder to drive.

— NBC Sports —