The newly reconfigured Atlanta Motor Speedway guarantees to placed on a present just like what followers would see at a superspeedway, quite than an intermediate observe.
Atlanta was final reconfigured in 1997, altering to a quad-oval format that measured 1.54 miles. Though it retains the identical size, the banking of its turns have been elevated from 24 levels to 28 levels and the observe has been narrowed from 55-feet extensive to 40-feet extensive – all coated in recent asphalt.
The purpose of the reconstruction is encourage the form of pack-style racing seen at NASCAR’s high-banked giants of Daytona and Talladega.
“Atlanta goes to be loopy,” stated Busch. “It actually received a facelift with a complete new observe floor and structure and all the things.
“It’s going to be a special race than what we’ve had there in years previous, the place you will have the previous asphalt and actually have quick lap occasions to fireside off, after which you will have quite a lot of fall-off the place lap occasions go down all through the run. That led to having some guys come up by means of the sphere and others drop by means of the sphere, whether or not or not they’re quick early within the run or gradual late within the run, or vice versa.
“This time round, it’s going to be extra like a Daytona or Talladega speedway race. You will see quite a lot of pack racing with some guys two-wide and possibly three-wide, and we’ll should see how extensive the observe will get within the time now we have on it.
“Actually paying consideration and watching among the Truck Sequence and Xfinity Sequence racing earlier within the weekend. It’s going to be useful to see what we’ll have for Sunday.”
NASCAR Subsequent Gen Chevrolet Camaro
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Ford’s Kevin Harvick was the acknowledged grasp of the previous Atlanta structure among the many present crop of drivers. The three-time Cup winner right here believes that the revamp suits effectively with the brand new Subsequent Gen automotive that NASCAR has switched to in 2022.
“As a driver, there was nothing higher than the Atlanta Motor Speedway and its previous asphalt,” stated Harvick. “Now it’s a brand new racetrack, and it’s clearly going to be totally different. However quite a lot of issues this 12 months are totally different, so it suits proper into the theme.
“We have now some precise apply, in order that’s a very good factor. It’s one other ingredient that you must add in there with the grip stage of the racetrack and the brand new asphalt and all the things that comes with that, and the place to run on the racetrack. So, you will have issues which can be simply going to chew up time on apply day so far as studying what it is advisable do from the motive force’s seat, and that development of the racetrack undoubtedly impacts the dealing with of the racecar.
“There are simply so many challenges to start with of the 12 months with new racetracks and new automobiles and logistics and also you simply should be very open-minded. You need to take it one step at a time and never get too annoyed with all the things that’s going to be occurring.”