NASCAR America: Previewing this weekend’s Texas Cup race

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With NASCAR rolling into Texas this weekend, the new Cup Series rules package will get its third workout on a 1.5-mile track this season.

But the circumstances at Texas Motor Speedway provides are different from Atlanta and Las Vegas.

It’s been two years since Texas underwent a repave and a remodel in Turns 1 and 2. The banking was reduced from 24 to 20 degrees and the racing surface was expanded from 58 to 78 feet.

“When you enter that corner it seems wide-open, like there’s nothing to reference off of,” Parker Kligerman said on NASCAR America.

Now Texas Motor Speedway has added a traction compound to the upper grooves of the turns in the hopes of creating more side-by-side racing.

“I think you will be flat-out from Turn 2 all the way back to Turn 1,” Kligerman said. “If they can make multiple grooves, I think we’ll see some real drafting, which would be kind of cool.”

Watch the above video for more on this weekend’s race.