NASCAR makes slight tweak to rules package at Talladega
Following a consultation with teams after opening practice at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR officials tweaked the rules package for the 2.66-mile track, adding a 1-inch wicker to the cars’ spoiler in an effort to quell concerns with engine rev and closing speeds.
With the addition of the wicker — an angled metal strip attached to the top end of the spoiler to increase drag — teams also have the options of changing gears without being penalized, provided that change occurs before qualifying.
Kurt Busch led opening practice Friday, putting his No. 1 Chevrolet to the top of the board at 202.654 mph. All told, 21 drivers recorded laps of 200 mph or faster in that session, and eight topped the 202 mph mark.
Friday’s session was the first at a superspeedway under the 2019 rules package, which uses 0.922-inch tapered spacers instead of restrictor plates, a 9-inch rear spoiler and a 1-inch bolt-on track bar mount, which raises the rear of the car by an inch.
NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller and Jay Fabian, managing director of the Monster Energy Series, made rounds in the garage during opening practice to check in with teams and to seek feedback on the speeds and cars.
Fabian was in the garage prior to final practice Friday afternoon showing teams how to install the wicker.