Denny Hamlin and his interesting solution for NASCAR short track racing

“It’s a grip-to-horsepower ratio that we have tightened up over the last 10 years, really. We used to be 900 horsepower and tires used to fall off a bunch."- Hamlin said.

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Denny Hamlin and his interesting solution for NASCAR short track racing
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Denny Hamlin, who's proven his skill as both a driver and a NASCAR enthusiast, shared his thoughts during an interview on Dale Jr. Download. He talked about the lack of excitement from NASCAR fans about Short-track racing and offered a solution to boost interest in these events.


“Aero(dynamics) is not the answer,” Hamlin said on the Dale Jr. Download, as quoted by brobible.com! 

“It’s a grip-to-horsepower ratio that we have tightened up over the last 10 years, really. We used to be 900 horsepower and tires used to fall off a bunch."

Denny Hamlin refers to changes in the design and performance of race cars in motorsports, particularly to tire wear, downforce, and horsepower. 

“Now the tires don’t fall off and you have less horsepower, so it doesn’t wear it out. We have less downforce than we’ve ever had. So, less downforce equals less tire wear. So as they continue to keep taking downforce off, you’ve got to move the tire with it to make it beyond soft. I’m talking about gumball soft.”

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick also offered a solution to this problem during his appearance on the same podcast. More horsepower is what most want, including Harvick. In addition, the former NASCAR driver is aware that certain things are not realistic for realization, and he understands NASCAR leaders in certain moments.

“But I just don’t know that there’s enough power in the race car. And I get it, there’s way more to it than just saying ‘hey, we need more horsepower.’ There’s the master plan of the car to bring more manufacturers and people in. But if that race car would blow the back tires off it, and you had to think about putting that throttle down, it would change the way that you race and it would change the way that the tires wear and it would just change so much.”

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