CONCORD, N.C. — Agreement across the racing industry that better racing action needed to be effected has led NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway to change the game for this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600.
The process of conditioning the upper groove in Turns 1 and 2 and Turns 3 and 4 began on Mondya, in preparation of all races held at the 1.5-mile quad-oval this weekend.
CMS’ conditioning includes adding VHT resin, the same substance recently used at Bristol Motor Speedway, to the surface in an effort to encourage passing and battles on the high groove of the race track.
In addition, the tire dragon tool will be used to add Goodyear rubber into the upper lane. The expectation is the additional grip will increase the number of driving lines available to race in the corners.
The low groove will remain intact.
“We talked through this opportunity with the track, teams, drivers and Goodyear,” said NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller. “There was agreement that this process would enhance the racing we see at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and ultimately would make for an exciting Coca-Cola 600.”
The changes come as a result of a less-than-stellar Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday night, which featured only two passes for the lead during the entire 70-lap distance.
NASCAR attempted to improve racing at Charlotte last weekend with a softer ‘Option’ tire compound, but that strategy proved ineffective, with the difference between the two compounds being negligible in race conditions and not becoming a big factor in the outcome.
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications contributed to this staff report.