Monday, February 15, 2021

Notes - Clash 2021 - Daytona Road Course - Cup

 Daytona road course - clash 2021 - DFS NASCAR

  • Fantasy NASCAR Notes

  • Elliott team notices something during inspection, decide to make a change, because of the adjustment they have to start in the back

  • First run (caution on lap 8)

    • Kyle Busch 16th to 7th

    • Truex 18th to 8th

    • Logan and Kurt Busch biggest droppers

  • Tyler Reddick wild man deep and wide into turn 1, no one could pull that off this season...product of low downforce? Last year with high downforce, maybe everybody could max it out, possibly this time with less downforce the leaders took it a lot easier not knowing where the edge of grip might be and Reddick pushed it to the edge???

  • Hamlin on Blaney’s bumper in the infield - has lead before he reaches the oval portion

  • Lap one, and they are kicking up dirt, this didn't happen last year

  • Dibenedetto good start, Newman bad start

  • Lap 2 - Logano has front nose damage - runs over the curb on the backstretch bus stop, slight contact with teammate BK --- Logano says the motor sounds different now

  • Lap 4 - harvick spins from 17th at the bus stop, appears to be a dirty track - grease

  • Clint Bowyer knew ahead of the race by looking at the track that the drivers were going to throw dirt in this race

  • Drivers cant see out windshields

  • Brake temperature,  hi hp, low DF, there could be brake failures in a full race (teams might be aggressive with aero, and are closing up brake duct openings, probably won.t be this aggressive in a full day race)

  • Truex - this is a dirt track, all drivers saying the same thing

  • Truex wheel hop in the infield

  • Dibenedetto misses chicane, stop and go

  • Logano pits (can’t fuel)

  • Kurt Busch - high temperature - has to pit because mud on the grill

  • Bowyer, teams have overlooked the speeds and have not anticipated these brake temps

  • Gordon “when you don’t have that large spoiler to help slow you down, and drag you down in the corner, you’re going to use a lot of brake”

  • Mike Joy Gem - “does your car handle better in the dirt? No, but the cars behind me handle worse.”

  • Gordon anticipate more tire fall off in this package

  • Elliott - right handers are good, Left are super tight

  • Most of the field pits, can’t fuel

  • Stay out - Ryan Blaney,,Alex Bowman,Tyler Reddick,William Byron

  • Stenhouse and logano penalty

  • Blaney over driver turn 1 - bumps truex getting back on track

  • Newman tries to go three wide, ends up in the grass

  • harvick knocked off track

  • Harvick pits to clean grill

  • On restarts, fast drivers (truex) are going 3 side at the start finish line and making several passes, and then bullying their way deep into turn one

  • Truex and Hamlin are the best so far, kyle busch climbing to the front again

  • #8, #48, #43 all pit, #48 caught speeding, too fast entering - before the comp caution

  • #9, #1, #3, #12, #4 pit under green - nascar waiting to throw the yellow until everyone completes lap 15 - just make up the rules as they go, as always.

  • Truex #19 missed the front stretch chicane under caution as the leader, will have to go to tail of the field. #19 said he was looking for the pace car and just messed up...this guy cannot run a clean DRC race

  • Reddick’s pit crew messes up, puts it in reverse, and pits again (no, just changed their minds, lost a bunch of spots when reddick stalled the car, decided to go ahead and add tires

  • #1 only took 2 two tires, #3 no tires to win the race off pit road

  • Kurt Busch misses turn 1 by a mile, he’s halfway to Miami (larry mac thinks his two tire stop meant, hot tires and cold tires, and that caused the problem?

  • Truex 19th to 6th in 4 laps = insane (some of that is a 4 tire advantage).... TIRES MATTER

  • Austin Dillon got track position via no tires, holding position at the moment

  • Newman gets loose entering the oval

  • Buescher over drives oval entry

  • Custer’s car dead - was in 7th place

  • #12, #8, #48, #9, #6, #10, #1, #22, #24, #17, #4 stop for 4 tires. 

  • Byron loses a tire after the pit stop - flat before he got off pit road, damage from the flat tire, probably knocked off the valve stem on the pit stop. Has to run the entire course on a rim under caution

  • Logano pit stop penalty - not entering the pits single file

  • Blaney and Elliott on the outside on the restart - gain a lot by going 3 wide, outside lane is the place to be if deep in the field, this cup race could be crazy

  • Truex flat spots tire on restart, worried (foreshadowing)

  • With low downforce, fast cars can pass entering the oval and carrying speed, this is now an additional passing zone, this was not happening last year with the high downforce, high drag package

  • Blaney moving forward, fresher tires than the leaders

  • Stenhouse used pit strategy to get to 9th, he gets eaten up by cars with tires

  • Treux takes lead, then spins from dirt and slams the wall

  • #9, #1, #22, #8, #17, #10 stayed out (took tires 4 laps ago), the rest pitted for four tires.

  • Kurt misses turn 1 again - pits for fender damage - not kurts faul, reddick sent him

  • Reddick then sends Chris Buescher (5th) on the same lap… Not a dirty move by Reddick, but not very respectful either 

  • Alex Bowman gets clipped when Buescher spin

  • Blaney took 2 tires, he’s catching Elliott (3 to go)...passes Chase in the infield

  • Elliott better in the chicanes

  • Elliott goes for it in the final chicane and they both wreck and busch wins

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