Since Dover, NASCAR officials have been teching splitters in a new way
At this same point last year, martin Truex Jr had 5 top-5 finished and two wins. This year, he has 1 win thus far to apir with 8 top-5 finishes.
Technically, Truex Jr is running better than he did last season. It’s just that Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are grabbing all the wins away. In 13 race, Kyle Busch has 4 wins, Harvick has 5. That leaves just 4 wins for the field.
“We’re in decent shape,” Martin Truex Jr stated after running 2nd in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“Still learning a little bit about the new rules this year. The new splitter deal the last 4 weeks I feel like has hurt us some.”
Teams had found ways of manipulating the mounting of the front splitter. The rules states that the splitter must be flat from end to end. They found a a way around it.
NASCAR reacted by bringing out a 4′ straight edge to tech the splitters. Truex feels that has changes this quite a bit.
“It definitely made it more difficult to pass and come through traffic. Tonight, was definitely a difficult test because of that.”
“I felt we were somewhat as fast as Kyle. Maybe on the short runs. Not the long runs.”
“We’re not too far off. We just need to keep digging.”
Kyle Busch swept stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truex chopped a 6 second lead down to 3 seconds but came short in the closing laps.
Which package did you like better?
“Tonight,” Truex refers to the Coca-Cola 600 race package over the All-Star restrictor plate package.