Darlington observe patch surfaces as a difficulty for drivers
A 600-foot patch of the racetrack at Darlington Raceway is on the thoughts of some drivers going into this weekend.
Monitor officers confirmed earlier this month a piece of Flip 2 was repaved. The realm had been patched up to now, so a unique answer was wanted to maintain water from seeping into the cracks of the abrasive floor. Nevertheless, solely a repave was achieved, and neither the banking nor profile of the observe was modified.
However even a 600-foot lengthy, 32-foot huge repave on a notoriously tough and hard observe was sufficient to get drivers’ consideration.
“Oh yeah, it’s going to vary issues loads,” defending Southern 500 winner Kevin Harvick mentioned. “That was one of many hardest elements of the racetrack and one of many locations that had probably the most character, so now there’s simply no character and quite a lot of grip.”
Harvick is amongst those that consider this may result in charging wide-open off Flip 2, no less than early in a run. The longer the run goes, and the tires fall off, even in a newly easy portion of the observe, off-throttle time ought to nonetheless happen.
“However it’s going to be attention-grabbing since you’re going to have that one nook that has all that grip,” Harvick mentioned. “Then you will have the opposite finish that doesn’t have all that grip. It’s going to be loads smoother, and that half ought to be simpler not having to time the bumps, and also you most likely received’t run on the apron, so that you simply should get it engaged with what it appears to be like like.
“Hopefully, they stored the apron and all the identical. However I don’t assume it’s going to have the identical impact of attempting to make use of the road and the cavity within the banking and the apron to place the right-side tires to attempt to achieve some grip.”