Childers thinks Atlanta repaving could make racing “horrible”

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 09: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Throwback Ford, waves yo fans on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 09, 2021 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

Rodney Childers is concerned that the new track surface at Atlanta Motor Speedway might affect racing.

Earlier this week it has been announced that Atlanta Motor Speedway will have new pavement as well as will become narrower and with bigger banking. The crew chief of the no.4 Stewart-Haas Racing car Childers is not sure that these changes will benefit the racing aspect.

“My opinion is it’s going to make the racing horrible and it’s going to be one-lane and nobody’s going to pass anybody,” he said. “That part sucks.”

Childers also believes that the current Atlanta Motor Speedway surface creates variety in how to run the track.

“Atlanta is one of the last race tracks that we have a surface like that, that you can run up against the fence or you’re going to run on the bottom or you’re going to run through the middle one and two. You got so many options,” he commented.

“Even though it was a race track that had so many options and what old-school racers would call ‘good racing’, a lot of people thought that those races down there became boring because the runs are really long and it gets spread out, the cars that are good on long runs just drive away from the field and all those things.”

Kevin Harvick’s crew chief also supposes that the new track, as well as the Next Gen car, might make racing similar to what we see on superspeedways.

“So, new pavement, the Next Gen car with having less downforce, you’re going to run wide open all the way around, it’s going to be like racing at Talladega. You’ll be drafting a lot and kind of be on a [super]speedway race in a way,” Childers added.

“The cars will stay tightly-packed together, probably more wrecks and all those things that it seems everybody wants to see these days.”

“That’s kind of the way I see it. If put more banking in it, make it narrower, it’s going to be one-lane and it’s kind of how the new asphalt tracks are anyway,” he concluded.

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