Phoenix is not a short track

One of the points covered in the latest DW quoting podcast “A Constellation Prize of a Short Track“, I made the point that Phoenix isn’t a short track. It’s a mile in length, it’s pretty fast, and is super aero dependent. Unbeknownst to me, SBNation.com writer Matt Weaver made the same point on his article “Don’t Call Phoenix a Short Track“.

Great minds and all that.

Phoenix raceday update

Roof cams are gone for 2/3rds of the season, starting at Phoenix! An article on nascar.com (shudder) says that removing roof cams will reduce turbulence in the pack, and thus reduce the advantage of clean air. The following quote tends to counter the argument that removing roof cams was beneficial to cars in traffic, but I guess we should assume that John Darby meant the opposite of what he actually said:

“It’s not just about having them all the same, it’s removing stuff like that that gives the leader even more benefit than he used to have.”

Full article here.

In other news, earlier this week on the track schmak podcast, we made picks for Phoenix, so how did they fare?

Rob picked Mark Martin, who is a master of Phoenix, having won poles and races over the years.
He is again on the pole for this race.

My pick, Danica Patrick, is most famous for getting wrecked by Jeff burton and laying down oil
all over the track last year. This year, she “got loose” in qualifying and will start 40th. Her other rookie of the year competition, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., qualified in 12th.

But I have hope. Mark Martin could blow an engine. Or get between Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer.