How will the NASCAR Cup Series look in 2019? According to some documents given to teams, it will look a lot like the All-Star Race in May just with more yelling about how exciting the race is.
According to RacinBoys.com (all-time terrible name), they obtained a copy of a NASCAR document featuring the “Proposed 2019 Event Implementations” at 14 races on next year’s schedule. The proposals were kicked around during a July 11 meeting with the NASCAR Rules Committee according to the boys.
It’s not looking good for the racing purists out there.
In the proposal, the dates for the package being used were listed. Fourteen dates, nearly all 1.5-mile tracks were listed.
According to the agenda, fans could get their first look at the All-Star package at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3 followed by Auto Club Speedway on March 17. The configuration could also be used for both races at Texas Motor Speedway (3/31, 11/3), Kansas Speedway (5/11, 10/20), Michigan Speedway (6/9, 8/11) the Charlotte May races (5/18, 5/26), Chicagoland Speedway (6/30), Kentucky Speedway (7/13) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (9/9).
Only 13 dates are listed in the over excerpt but you can assume the 14th is the fall race in Las Vegas. NASCAR didn’t introduce the package in the regular season this year for a number of reasons including their uncertainty as to the competitiveness at certain tracks. Kentucky was listed as a track they were unsure of so it is interesting to see the track listed here.
A large part of what makes this package “work” is banking that allows drivers to stay full throttle or near it. Without that banking it allows cars to get strung out.
Something else that is interesting has to be tracks that were left off the proposal. Atlanta, Darlington, Homestead, and Pocono were all left off the proposal and for good reason. Atlanta with its weathered pavement provides for great racing that puts emphasis on the driver, how racing should be. Darlington and Homestead are much of the same as well, the driver means too much to take away their skillset. Pocono, well we all watched the Xfinity parade and no one wants to watch that again without a climbing the catch fence and jumping in front of the field.
How the cars will be configured was also laid out for teams. NASCAR loves to preach about cutting costs and making racing more affordable, keep that in mind.
The so-called “NA18D” race package would feature an engine with a tapered spacer to produce roughly 550 horsepower—150 more HP than was generated at the All-Star event in May. The target RPM is 8500. NASCAR officials anticipate the configuration will provide significantly improved fuel mileage and the ability to reduce fuel capacity to maintain the same number of laps for a fuel run. NASCAR is working with OEMs, engine builders and teams to come up with a single rear gear ratio for each race.
Adding new fuel cells to every car is definitely cheap. The counterpoint from NASCAR will obviously be “well you’re saving money on fuel and engines will last longer” Ooooooookkkkkkkkk.
This isn’t the direction that NASCAR racing needs to go but it’s the way of the future. Making mediocre drivers into contenders all for the sake of, well something. Is Andy Dalton or Ryan Tannehill a good quarterback? Absolutely not and the NFL doesn’t give a damn that they suck, let them suck. The NFL doesn’t try to do anything to make them better, meanwhile, NASCAR is trying to make everyone even and that’s not a competition. But this is for the betterment of the sport.
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