NASCAR has made some changes to bus stop chicane for the upcoming Daytona Road Course after driver feedback from the season-opening Busch Clash.
The change includes the addition of rumble strips to the Turn 9 and Turn 10 chicane on the backstretch. The purpose of the tweak is to prevent cars from getting into the grass and spreading dirt onto the racing surface and other cars.
Drivers lobbying for the change include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Chase Briscoe, among others. Other changes that came out of drivers’ suggestion include the addition of a temporary Musco lighting tower so as to help drivers with visibility.
“It looked like a good fix to me in short order,” said Alan Gustafson, crew chief for Chase Elliott. “Should be good. I don’t really have any issues with guys straightening that bus stop. That’s their job. That’s what they’re supposed to do. Just the dirt was a problem.”
Chase Elliott won the last season’s edition of the race and will be the favorite to win this year too. He will start the Daytona Road Course on pole position along with Michael McDowell.
If Elliott manages to win this race, it will be his fifth consecutive victory on a road course.