NASCAR’s chief officer, Steve O’Donnell, looked cosy speaking with reporters’ questions after Sunday’s FanShield 500 at Phoenix.
Reason Being O’Donnell probably wasn’t going to face much mockery following the debut of the 2020 short-track rule package at Phoenix Raceway.
NASCAR’s updates were seen as a success.
“A lot of racing to go, but certainly feel like this is a good platform to start our short-track package,” O’Donnell told reporters. “And what we wanted to see as we head off to Martinsville and Richmond.
“… All-in-all, I thought it was really good.”
The new laws were made to fewer down-force, meaning cars have less grip on the track, so the driver handling and competition is highlighted. That was exactly how the weekend race panned out. There were 20 lead changes among seven different drivers, with many more drivers making passes throughout the race.