Chevrolet driver Chase Elliott was frustrated by the lack of help from Ford drivers in the closing laps of the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, but there wasn’t much more that the field could do under the current rules package according to NASCAR America analysts Parker Kligerman and Jeff Burton.
Elliott should have been frustrated by the NASCAR executives who created the current restrictor-plate superspeedway rules package.
“This is my problem with this package,” Kligerman explained. “I’ve had a gripe with this package since we’ve run it the last couple of years. Where it seems like to develop runs – to make the energy to make the run, at times with too few cars, it’s too tough.”
Burton agreed that the problem was that the field had been thinned by the multi-car accident that occurred on lap 167.
“Chase Elliott said if he had one other guy go with him it would have made the difference; it wouldn’t have,” Burton said.
“You have to have two-wide, three-wide with this package to get those runs,” Burton continued. “It’s hard to just drag your brakes … As we roll forward and look at the end of the race, where Chase Elliott was so frustrated, there just weren’t enough cars.”
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