NASCAR to Meet Weekly with Drivers

NASCAR President Steve Phelps acknowledged Sunday that a meeting with Cup Series drivers should have happened before this weekend, and there will be more in the immediate future.

Phelps told the NBC Sports pre-race show at the Charlotte Roval that having an all-driver meeting was “terrific.” He also acknowledged that the Driver Advisory Council – with liaison Jeff Burton – meets with NASCAR but said group discusses various things.

“With that said, as great as the Driver Advisory Council has been, there is nothing that is as good as having an all-driver meeting, and we probably should have had one months ago to try to deal with the safety issues and what the drivers are feeling in the race car,” Phelps said. “That’s on me. We are going to have all-driver meetings for the rest of the year. We’re going to do them on a weekly basis.

“I thought the meeting was incredibly productive. The drivers were candid. We showed them a path forward, for example, in the rear of the car, to try to take out some of the stiffness that exists—a bigger crush panel. But overall, we want to hear what they have to say. We care about what they say, and we’re going to continue to iterate on the car and make it safer.”