SPARTA, Ky. – Judging from the comments drivers were making after they got their first track time with the new low-downforce aerodynamic package, the Sprint Cup cars are a handful to drive—by design.
“They don’t drive good, that’s for sure,” said Team Penske driver Joey Logano, who posted the fourth fastest practice time and consequently will start fourth in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 because of a qualifying rainout. “They slide all over the place. What happens in traffic is still probably an unknown, but there was a lot of slipping and sliding around, and trying to figure out which way the car is going when you go into the corner is kind of hard.”
Logano’s teammate Brad Keselowski, the winner at Kentucky in 2012 and 2014, isn’t complaining.
“It’s a race car,” Keselowski said. “It should be hard to drive. It shouldn’t be just point and play. This isn’t a video game, nor should it be. So I’m very happy with the package and what I’ve seen so far.”
Understandably so. Keselowski was second fastest in Friday morning’s practice and will start on the outside of the front row in Saturday night’s race.
KENTUCKY COMPLETES REPAIR OF FENCING
Repairs to the catchfence and SAFER barriers at Kentucky Speedway were completed early Friday morning, after Ben Kennedy’s wreck in the UNOH 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race took out two support poles and knocked a hole in the fencing.
Track general manager Mark Simendinger said the facility warehouses extra poles and has a repair team on standby for rare cases of damage to the fencing. Kennedy’s Toyota got airborne after colliding with David Gilliland’s truck with five laps left in Thursday night’s event.
NASCAR called the race at that point, with leader Matt Crafton declared the winner.