Denny Hamlin raises concern

Denny Hamlin raises concern over traction compound on tracks

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While NASCAR’s Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway provided a thrilling end to the race, this season’s two most successful drivers were not pleased with the track preparations.

Denny Hamlin, who has 4 wins in the 2020 Season, felt that the Smith family, who owns Kentucky Speedway, did not make proper use of the information on track preparation provided by the drivers. He aimed his criticism at the traction compound being re-applied to Kentucky Speedway. Hamlin said in a Zoom conference with reporters:

“I love the Smith family, but they go rogue sometimes when it comes to thinking that they’re in the competition business. It’s disappointing because the information that NASCAR gets from us on track prep and how to prepare the racetrack to put on the best possible racing comes from the drivers who do it themselves, and they know better than anyone. Better than anyone.”

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Kevin Harvick, who also has 4 wins in the 2020 season, was critical of the traction compound on the raceway.

“Last week we showed up on race day, the PJ1 (traction compound) was put on the racetrack without anybody knowing.”

Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports responded to the drivers’ concern, according to NBC Sports.

“I know the drivers want to put on the best show for the fans, and EVERY effort we make as track operators both on the track and in the grandstands is geared toward doing right by the fans. Track prep has been happening for decades, and we unapologetically work for compelling competition that will keep fans on the edge of their seats. Our team at Texas is working hard and I’ve got a seat on the Tire Dragon for any driver who’d like to help us out. The drivers are welcome and encouraged to call or text me directly with any concerns.”


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