Kyle Busch dominated the race at Pocono Raceway; He still doesn’t like the package
Ahead of the 2019 season, NASCAR brought in a shiny new rules package. In short, it features higher downforce and less horsepower.
That takes race cars of the past that were completely out of control and tones them way down. The best asphalt oval drivers in the world are now well in control of their machines, at least in comparison to the previous car.
Yet, this new package has since passed the eyeball test of many race fans when it comes to the 1.5-mile speedways. A few weeks ago, we saw what’s possibly the best-ever race at Kansas Speedway.
Last weekend, NASCAR returned to the 2.5-mile triangle of Pocono Raceway. The track itself isn’t exactly know for wild and crazy exciting races. A magic rules package won’t fit it and it didn’t.
Turns one and two are both single lane corners. That’s not ideal for aero dependent front nose. Turn three, there’s at least half an option there.
Kyle Busch made the most of that option. He passed Clint Bowyer via the outside lane, then went on to drive away from the field and dominate the final stage of the race.
He’s now won 4 of the 14 races so far in 2019. Kyle Busch must really like the new rules package? Wrong!
Kyle Busch on the Pocono rules package
Jeff Gluck asked a somewhat package related questions. Kyle Busch got through it.
“I think I passed one car today,” the Pocono 400 race winner stated from the media center.
“That was on the outside of turn three. I got a good run through turn two and shallow entry to turn three.”
“Bowyer went to block. So, I just shot up to his outside and got alongside of him. I mean, that was it.”
“I don’t know if anybody else passed on the race track for the lead like that. If so, then maybe this package is awesome. But, that’s all I know.”
Kyle Busch snaps on the reporter
Zach Sturniolo of the Pocono Record then asked Kyle Busch to rate the package on a scale of 1-10.
Two back to back package questions. He wasn’t having it…
“Stop asking me package questions,” Kyle Busch said loudly as he gripped a Sharpie.
“I’m done answering them! Next…”
Kyle Busch isn’t positive
Busch just grabbed his 55th career victory. He’s now tied with Rusty Wallace for 9th on the all-time wins list. His next target will Dale Earnhardt, who claimed 76 wins.
Yet, Kyle Busch doesn’t feel that his true talent can be shown with this rules package. Not just from a car control factor. But, more so because he can’t pass, despite having a faster car.
Bob Pockrass: Do you do anything to motivate yourself or get yourself in a positive frame of mind?
“Nope! Am I a positive person? It’s rare.”
“I just go man. I do what I’m suppose to do, drive as hard as I can, as fast as I can.”
“If there’s a car in front of me, I try to pass him. Whichever way I try to do that. If I can’t do it, there’s days that I get ultimately frustrated.”
“Because I don’t feel that my true talent can show on the race track. Because I’m too limited by the air of everything that’s going around me.”
“I can’t do anything. As a race car driver, when you can’t do anything and you can’t showcase what your abilities are, how good you should be or you feel like you are… Then, there’s certainly some tense moments and high frustrations.”
“Today, it was going to be that way. Early on in the race we couldn’t really pass.”
“But, then there at the end… I don’t know how Bowyer got by me. He got a good run off turn one, I guess. But, then a couple laps later I was able to get back by.”