NASCAR’s 2nd fastest track
Kurt Busch set the pole yesterday in record time. He did it with an average speed of 200.915 mph. He circled Texas Motor Speedway in 26.877 seconds.
Since the repave, Texas Motor Speedway is the 2nd fastest track on the NASCAR tour.
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I don’t know of any driver that’s comfortable running the speeds that we’re running
“I don’t know of any driver that’s comfortable running the speeds that we’re running right now,” Denny Hamlin says with a smile after qualifying 2nd at Texas Motor Speedway.
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Last year, Austin Dillon sat on the pole at Texas with an average speed of 192.301. The new pavement and new configuration has added an average of nearly 10 mph.
“Kevin Harvick walked by as soon as that was over. He’s like, ‘I’m glad that is over.’ I mean, it’s crazy speed.”
“You felt it at Michigan when we were qualifying, averaging over 200. But here, it feels way faster yet.”
Michigan International Speedway is NASCAR’s fastest track. However, the corners are a lot longer. That gives the impression that you’re not going as fast. In August, Brad Keselowski set the pole at Michigan with at 203.097 mph.
The big ones will be big here
“The big ones will be big here, for sure cause of the speeds. I don’t know if that was anticipated. Anytime you do testing at a race track like this, there’s never enough rubber to get the speeds up where they’re really going to be.”
“It cooled down and went shade there at the end which picked the track speed up. Hopefully, with the big turn in weather tomorrow, we’re gunna get this speeds back to a comfortable range.”