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Kurt Busch expects Homestead to be “slow and lacking in grip” due to heat

Kurt Busch at Las Vegas in 2020. Credits: NASCAR, Getty Images.

The no.1 Chip Ganassi Racing driver already has some updates in the car setup because of hot weather at Homestead-Miami.

This Sunday’s Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be unlike any other before. For the first time it is held that early in the year – in February, which makes the conditions different from what the drivers and teams are used to. It will force them to make some modifications for this weekend’s event. Kurt Busch shared the approach of the no.1 team to the race.

“This week for the Miami race, looking at the weather, it’s going to be the hottest race we’ve ever had down there”, Busch said. “It’s going to be during the hottest portion of the day, so the track seems to be extremely slow, lack of grip, and we’re already making setup changes to adjust for that.”

The 2004 Cup Series champion also spoke about the return of the choose cone rule, which will be used for the first time this season: “It will be a refreshing change to go back to the choose rule. We haven’t had that in a while, and here we are, back to a mile and a half. We haven’t been at one of those since Texas last November.”

“Everything right now with the new protocols, the new schedule, lack of practice, there’s a lot of shooting from the hip and reacting in the moment, and that’s where you can’t overthink and you just have to do it [to adapt]”, Kurt Busch added.

In the last year’s Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Kurt Busch finished 17th.

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