Some NASCAR drivers are somewhat fortunate to have tested the newly reconfigured and repaved track at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Other drivers are heading into the Cup Series weekend with no clue of what to expect according to Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin.
With just a few day before the Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 in Atlanta, Denny Hamlin raised his concerns about the newly reconfigured Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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“I don’t know what to expect, I don’t know if we are going to be drafting,” Denny told Speedway Digest. “I don’t think we are going to be tight pack racing.”
“It’s not going to be Daytona or Talladega, but are they going to be grouped together, how are you going to build your car, all of those things are going to be a question mark and I have no clue what I’m getting into.”
The 23X1 Racing owner could only manage a P13 finished the at after starting the race at P2 last weekend at Phoenix. Hamlin was of the opinion that there was a ‘sticky stuff’ which restricted the race to just one lane.
The sticky stuff made it a one lane track. Phx is better then that when it’s not a freight train around the top. https://t.co/cOFAu3733o
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) March 15, 2022
“I mentioned before the season started that I believe everyone’s average finish is going to go down three or four points in general,” Hamlin said.
“I think that you have a year where you can be 10 or 11, you are going to be up front – as long as you get reasonable stage points – you are going to be contending for a regular-season championship.”