NASCAR America: PJ1 ‘created a lot of options’ at Bristol

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Only one NASCAR America analyst competed in the Food City 500, which saw a return of the often cited “old” Bristol Motor Speedway.

Landon Cassill, fresh off a 20th-place finish in the race, joined Parker Kligerman on Tuesday’s show to discuss the impact of the application of PJ1 to the bottom groove in each turn.

“The one thing that was different I think in (what) I saw in the race was that it created a lot of options,” Cassill said. “The grip kind of went away, then you’d move up and run the high side, then you could move back down. For a car like mine where I didn’t think I had the fastest car, I was able to take advantage of that and work my way up through the field. I saw a lot of drivers using those option to work up through the field and make aggressive moves.”

Kligerman, who competed at Bristol on the PJ1 last year in the Truck Series, said the traction agent makes races “unpredictable.”

“It looked like at times it would lay the rubber down and suddenly you’d see a driver go off in there and he’d just not have the same grip he had before,” Kligerman said.

Kligerman also observed that the PJ1 allowed young drivers like Darrell Wallace Jr. to drive to the front.

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