NASCAR’s new low downforce package met with near universal approval Sunday. The new package meant to give more control back to drivers was instituted prior to the 2016. It received a few minor changes after the All-Star race at Charlotte where NASCAR added some minor modifications. Sunday the package made its full race debut in the Sprint Cup FireKeepers Casino 400. Race winner Joey Logano didn’t seem to be a fan of the package.
“It was not good in traffic and not really good by myself either,” Logano said. “The cars didn’t have much grip and there was a lot of sliding around. Catching the traffic at the right time and knowing which lanes work best for you and understanding the cars that you are racing. We had plenty of opportunity to see what others cars were good on restarts and you kind of keep that mental notebook as you go.”
Logano seemed to be in the minority however. Logano was the class of the field Sunday, leading a race high 138 of the 200 laps run. Behind him, there was a great deal of racing, and passing, with some cars fighting three and four wide at times.