Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new Roval track design is unique and highly anticipated, and NASCAR officials are already discussing making a change to the track.
A Goodyear tire test was conducted on the track last month, and it included Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray and Daniel Hemric. There has been discussion about changing the sharp final turn when drivers get to Turn 1.
Goodyear director of racing Greg Stucker told Motorsport that there has been discussion about possibly eliminating the last loop.
“There is some conversation about changing the infield section a little bit, maybe eliminating the last little loop,” Stucker said. “I don’t know how much traction it’s going to get.
“I know that was some of the input from our test and it came up in a call with NASCAR. It’s being investigated.”
If there is a change, Stucker said another tire test will be conducted in the spring to test things out. He said the suggested change would reduce the average lap time by about eight seconds.
The design of the track is very unique and could be a nice addition for a playoff track, but NASCAR officials will want to ensure everything runs smoothly during the races there.