Scott Miller Cites ‘Strategic Reasons’ for Running Aero Package at Michigan and Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. — When asked why NASCAR only ran the lower downforce package at tracks with a less abrasive surface, Scott Miller said that there were “strategic reasons” for doing so.

Speaking to the media after the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR’s senior vice-president of competition was asked if it would be in the interest of the sanctioning body to add a race with the package at a track with a more abrasive surface, such as Darlington, in the interest of getting a representative sample to continue modifying the package for 2017.

“There were some strategic reasons why we chose to do it the way we did it, and we engaged the entire industry in putting the plan together of when we’re going to do it,” Miller said. “That certainly does make sense, but the timing of that and some testing that we had and a lot of other things‑‑ there’s a lot of things that go into making these decisions and making the schedules, so it just didn’t line up for us to be able to do that in the initial plan.”

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The package used in last night’s race was also used in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Both instances were met with reception, from fans and media, with statements such as, “it’s a step in the right direction, but the race itself was meh.” This is in contrast to 2015 where NASCAR ran what would become the 2016 aero package at tracks with more abrasive surfaces such as Kentucky before the repave, and Darlington Raceway.

Miller didn’t rule out this package being used again this season.

“Now, after tonight we’ll go back and we’ll sort of reconvene with the drivers and the owners and the OEMs and decide where we’re going,” he added. “We’re open to a lot of different options, and if something like that bubbles up and we have industry support for it, nothing right now is out of the question.”

He did, however, rule out this package being used in the Chase.

“One thing that I think we won’t do is change the Chase around,” he said. “We’ll stick to our guns and run the 2016‑‑ regular 2016 package in the Chase races.”

He concluded by saying the main objective is to get this package ready for 2017.

“All of this has been geared toward deciding what we’re going to do for 2017 and getting it decided as early as we possibly can, which gives the teams the most runway into next season, which is something that they’ve needed and been asking for, so that’s what we’re striving toward,” he said.

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My name is Tucker White. I'm currently majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee. I started getting into NASCAR around 1998 and started following the sport full-time in 2001. I live and breathe everything related to NASCAR. I also have a burning passion for all things auto racing. I've been following Formula 1 since 2011 and am slowing getting into IndyCar. I do my best to keep up with the World Endurance Championship. But at the end of the day, NASCAR is my primary beat. Being both a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a student at UT, I'm naturally a die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fan. Especially when it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football. While I'll never stop being one, it can be the most heart-wrenching thing ever. Since 2005, this team has delivered more than its fair share of heartbreaking moments and inhuman frustration. I've stuck with the Vols from the best of times - 1998 National Champions - to the worst of times - 2005 to present - because I know that it'll make it all so worth it when the mighty Vols finally return to the top of the college football landscape. In the last few years, I started to really get into baseball. This past season, I decided to pledge my sporting allegiance to the Atlanta Braves. It didn't turn out too well as they finished 67-95 and finished fourth in the NL East. I do see great potential with the young roster and they might be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.


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