NASCAR hits back at Kyle Busch's criticism of 2019 aero package

NASCAR has hit back at comments made by Kyle Busch criticising the 2019 aerodynamic package during Cup Series testing at Las Vegas on Thursday

NASCAR hits back at Kyle Busch's criticism of 2019 aero package

The Cup series will run a variation of two new aero packages at 22 of 36 races this year, with increased downforce and engine horsepower implemented to encourage drafting and closer racing.

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Busch told the media that NASCAR had "taken the driver skill away from the drivers in this package".

Busch added that he expected Cup series racing in 2019 to be "more of a mental game, a lot more of a chess match, thinking how you make moves, how daring you'll be".

Responding to Busch's comments, NASCAR's vice president for innovation and racing development John Probst said: "These drivers, some are going to love it, some are going to hate it, no matter what we race.

"I was just encouraging fans who are on the fence to give it a try, I think they are going to be pleasantly surprised at what they see at the race track.

"For the drivers we know who don't like it, they are very good at what they do and they get paid a really good chunk of money to do things that take a lot of talent.

"If they want to spout off about [this racing] not needing a whole lot of talent, then eventually that will hit them in the pocketbook, too.

"They should be careful."

NASCAR's new package has so far been tested at Fontana and Las Vegas, with Goodyear tyre testing offering unrepresentative and limited additional running for select teams.

During 10 hours of testing at Las Vegas, NASCAR made 14 teams compete in three 25-lap drafting sessions to replicate racing conditions.

Stewart-Haas Racing's Clint Bowyer said it will take time for teams to adjust to the package.

"The cars seemed to handle well," he said. "There was a lot of wide-open throttle time, which we knew going in.

"It's going to be a work in progress to see how you balance that drag versus downforce and the risk versus the reward."

Probst added that NASCAR still has work to do with its new package.

"I feel pretty good so far," he said.

"Even in the first session, where they all started single-file all pretty spread out, you saw cars that weren't good in the early part of the run, [but] by the time you got to about seven [laps] to go, they worked their way back to the front.

"I've been doing this long enough to know even when days go rough, it's probably not as bad as how you feel in the moment.

"We feel like things have gone pretty well, but by no means are we high-fiving and declaring any kind of victory.

"We still know we have a lot of work to do."

shares
comments
Jeff Gordon would be 'honoured' to one day run Hendrick NASCAR team
Previous article

Jeff Gordon would be 'honoured' to one day run Hendrick NASCAR team

Next article

NASCAR to disqualify race winners who fail technical inspections

NASCAR to disqualify race winners who fail technical inspections
The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team Plus

The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team

Saddled with uncompetitive Minardi machinery, Tarso Marques didn't manage to score points in his three partial seasons of Formula 1. But now the Brazilian has the chance to show what he can do in NASCAR, and explains the story of his comeback with new Cup Series entrant Team Stange

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2022
The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car Plus

The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car

NASCAR’s new stock car generation is encouraging an influx of fresh blood into its top tier. But there are concerns that parts are in short supply as the entire paddock tries to build up stocks at the same time

NASCAR
Feb 22, 2022
How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style Plus

How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style

After holding his nerve and hip-checking his team-mate on the run to the line, Austin Cindric made a perfect start to life as a full-timer in the NASCAR Cup Series by winning the Daytona 500. Here's how the Penske Ford man emerged first across the line in the first points-scoring race for the much-anticipated Next Generation cars

NASCAR
Feb 21, 2022
Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season Plus

Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season

There are plenty of uncertainties ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season as an all-new fleet of cars take to the track for the first time. Ahead of this weekend's Daytona 500, our experts explain what you need to know

NASCAR
Feb 17, 2022
How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival Plus

How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival

The NASCAR Cup kicks off with the Daytona 500 this weekend, but a major overhaul and a subsequent mountain of work has been required to be ready for the arrival of the Next Gen cars

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2022
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Plus

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson’s journey to the 2021 NASCAR Cup title comes straight from the Hollywood blockbuster scripts. While Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines for both the right and the wrong reasons

NASCAR
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Plus

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup Series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Plus

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR
Oct 5, 2021