Drivers had input into location of sealer at New Hampshire

LOUDON, NH - JULY 14: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

LOUDON, N.H. – Emblematic of the spirit of cooperation between various stakeholders in the NASCAR industry was the solicitation of driver opinion before the application of PJ1 (a compound designed to provide more grip to the racing surface) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“The question got put out to a lot of different drivers this week from the (drivers’) council, and we kind of got on our group chat and were talking back and forth about what we thought was best,” said Joey Logano.

Accordingly, in consultation with NASCAR and the track, the drivers recommended treating the bottom lane and the third lane with PJ1, leaving the primary racing groove alone.

“The wider we can make the race track, the more air we can get on the nose, the more passes that can be made,” Logano said. “When you think about that, how do we make it wider? How do we do that? We have to go to where we don’t run. Right now, the fastest lane on this race track is the second lane.

“How do we make the track wider? We have to put some up in the third lane and make the bottom better, so the guy on the bottom has a shot to keep rotating and get off the corner to actually clear somebody. That was the goal. We’ll see how that works.”

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