There’s currently an intense debate in NASCAR over the future direction of Cup Series racing. On one hand, a potential breakthrough with a high-drag/downforce rules package — first tried in the 2017 Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis and repeated in the All-Star Race in May — could keep the cars closer together and prevent the leader from getting away. On the other hand, a restricted race would not reward skill as much and go away from what the core of NASCAR Cup racing has been over the years (except for Daytona and Talladega).
Here’s a timeline of coverage related to this topic so far:
May 19, 2018: After the All-Star Race, I shared concerns and worries over the direction NASCAR would likely take following the success of the race via Periscope.
Recording my post-race podcast live on Periscope. https://t.co/vKFYXv7TEf
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) May 20, 2018
May 21, 2018: In the “Was it a good race?” poll, 84 percent of fans said they liked the All-Star race.
Was the All-Star Race a good race? 84% of you said Yes.
– No. 2 best intermediate race (of 29 that have been polled), second only to Homestead 2016 (86%).
– Best race at Charlotte (second-best was 2016 Chase race at 64%).
– Previous All-Star Races got 40% (2016) and 18% (2017)
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) May 21, 2018
May 30, 2018: After watching the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600, I wrote a column wondering whether adding more downforce was the way to go in racing after all.
June 1, 2018: In the wake of Steve O’Donnell telling FS1 the package could be used in up to three points races this season, some of NASCAR’s top young drivers said they were unsettled by the thought of NASCAR making this package a mainstay in Cup Series racing. Here’s a recap of their comments.
June 8, 2018: Brad Keselowski elaborated on why the All-Star package should be used for that race only — and what the consequences might be if it becomes the standard. Here’s a clip I posted to YouTube: