NASCAR has acknowledged the work that needs to be done next year on short tracks and road courses.
While the sanctioning body remains pleased by the performance of the polarizing low-horsepower, high-downforce competition formula on intermediate tracks, it has come at the expense of flat short tracks and road courses.
Several drivers have called for NASCAR to implement a shorter rear spoiler for these tracks next season, even though the 2020 rules have already been released, almost identical to the status quo. That’s actually what NASCAR wanted to do this season, but that move was vetoed by the Race Team Alliance, which did not want to R&D two different race packages.
NASCAR’s vice president and chief racing development officer, Steve O’Donnell, agrees that something needs to be done but suggested there is more Goodyear can do with the racing tire.
“What I would say is that every race is unique,” O’Donnell told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “We heard some of the same things after the first Bristol and then put on a phenomenal race (in the fall). We’re working with our partners at Goodyear for the short tracks.
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