Marcus Smith: "I don't understand" reasons for not using aero package

shares
comments
Marcus Smith:
Jim Utter
By: Jim Utter
Jun 22, 2018, 10:20 PM

Marcus Smith said the aero package which debuted in the NASCAR All-Star Race at his Charlotte Motor Speedway facility last month is something “we need more of.”

Marcus Smith and his father, Bruton Smith and Brad Keselowski
Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry ARRIS Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Credit One Bank Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's
Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Discount Tire
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Fusion Fastenal and Kasey Kahne, Leavine Family Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Dumont Jets
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Credit One Bank
Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's M&M's Red Nose Day and Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing, Toyota Camry 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops
Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO and Chairman of the Board Bruton Smith and General Manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway Marcus Smith

“I don’t understand all of the reasons why we couldn’t run it two or three or four more times but I know a lot was put into it,” Smith, the president and COO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., told Motorsport.com Friday at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.

“I think we saw something that is fantastic and that’s the kind of thing we need more of. I think we’re moving in that direction for next year.”

Asked if he was willing to have Cup races at SMI facilities this season used to further test the package, Smith said, “Absolutely. We would have loved to.”

Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and SMI-owned Kentucky Speedway were most often mentioned as races that could see the package used this season.

NASCAR officials, following extensive discussions among tracks, teams, manufacturers and engine builders, announced Thursday it would not utilize the package in any points races this season although it mentioned the possibility just weeks ago.

The package, which includes front air ducts, restrictor-plates, a larger rear spoiler and splitter that was used in the 2014 season, first debuted in last year’s Xfinity Series race at IMS last season to mostly rave reviews.

“I appreciate all the hard work that went into developing the package. It was a resounding success at the All-Star Race,” Smith said.

“I still have fans coming up to me every day saying how much they enjoyed watching the All-Star Race and I appreciate all the efforts that have gone into if and how to put it in place for a few more races this year.”

 

Next NASCAR Cup article
Clint Bowyer leads first practice at Sonoma as Ford sweeps top three

Previous article

Clint Bowyer leads first practice at Sonoma as Ford sweeps top three

Next article

Kurt Busch fastest in final NASCAR Cup practice at Sonoma

Kurt Busch fastest in final NASCAR Cup practice at Sonoma
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Author Jim Utter
Article type Breaking news