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Larry McReynolds Gives New Aero Package ‘Three Thumbs Up’
I’m not entirely sure what to make of the new aero package. It seems like the most action we hear about is after the race when Driver X and Driver Y and maybe Driver Z say how much they were battling, how much they like it.
The problem is, we don’t see it on the Insignia. The "Aero Package PR Department" (re: Fox NASCAR analysts) keep telling us how great it is. It’s as if they’re told to stump for this package.
“I know we still have some other types of tracks to visit with this low downforce package and tire combination Goodyear is bringing, but I'm giving these first four races not two, but three thumbs up,” McReynolds wrote on FoxSports.com.
There’s an old adage in writing called “show, don’t tell.”
The finishes of the Daytona 500 and Good Sam 500 were as thrilling as they come, but are they the result of the new aero package? Hard to say.
What the television producers can and should do is illustrate in better terms why it’s better. We’re told over and over again, but those words are about as empty as Joey Logano’s gas tank with six laps to go at Phoenix.
Tony Stewart Can Drive a Car
Tony Stewart continues to rehabilitate his severely injured back.
He got a double serving of good news this past week at Phoenix. First, Harvick won for Stewart-Haas Racing. Second, Stewart was given clearance to drive your typical factory-line, robot-built automobile.
Stewart said on NASCAR.com:
The funny part was when the doctor told me, or the surgeon cleared me to drive a street car. I didn't have the heart to tell him I've been driving for almost three weeks. I'm not really one to follow the doctor's orders anyway, so we're fine. I've been up all day today and I feel great, so we're excited about where we're at right now.
Brian Vickers will get the start in the musical cockpit that is the No. 14 car. Ty Dillon gave it a good run for a top 15 in Phoenix, so it will be up to Vickers to try and top that at Fontana.
Will Kyle Busch (sorta) Make It Three in a Row?
Busch won this race in 2013 and 2014. He never raced at ACS since he was in the middle of some serious rehab following his gruesome wreck at Daytona International Speedway in 2015.
Now Rowdy is back where he loves to dominate. He’s tied for first in points, but he's second in the standings since he has yet to win a race.
“It’s a fast race track, and you just have to be able carry a lot of speed through the corners,” Busch said on MotorRacingNetwork.com. “You’re in the corner for a long time, but the more speed you carry through the turn, the better it makes your straightaways.”
Busch has a streak of eight straight top fives dating back to 2015 and has been the most consistently good driver in the entire Sprint Cup this season.
He is perhaps the driver to beat come Sunday.