Consistently during a week ago’s Busch Clash presentation race out and about course, soil and grass were splashed on the track and onto different vehicles when vehicles cut the corners on the backstretch chicane.
To help lessen those episodes, NASCAR has now added thunder strips before the “turtle curbing” to the Turn 9 and Turn 10 chicane on the backstretch.
The thunder strips are equivalent to those pre-owned effectively on the frontstretch chicane. The one to the driver’s privilege on passage is roughly 36 feet in length, and the other is around 30 feet in length.
“What happens is you get behind somebody real close, and you go in there and you can’t see where you are going, so if they get into the mud, you follow them and if there is four cars in line, everybody’s trying to cut the chicane a little tighter, a little tighter and it just blows mud everywhere,” driver Martin Truex Jr. said after the race.
“We’ve got to figure that out a little bit, but outside of that – the track is a blast.”
Pursue Elliott dominated the debut race on the Daytona Road Course last season and is going for his third back to back street course triumph in Sunday’s race. He will begin the post with Daytona 500 champ Michael McDowell additionally beginning the first line.
“It looked like a good fix to me in short order,” said Elliott’s crew chief, Alan Gustafson. “Should be good.
“I don’t really have any issues with guys straightening that bus stop. That’s their job. That’s what they’re supposed to do. Just the dirt was a problem.”