Posted 02/17/2012 at 07:51 PM
The main goal from today's Budweiser Shootout practices was to see how the new changes would affect the two-car tandem racing. Would it still remain that the fastest way around the track with with two-cars bumper to bumper or would pack racing come back as the quickest way.........
Those answers weren't clearly discovered, but we did learn that the a few changes did help create the five-car crash towards the end of practice. Non-teammate drivers weren't allowed to communicate with each other like last year and the constant movement behind a driver's bumper to cool off their smaller radiators helped cause the wreck. Perhaps NASCAR wanted it that way so the drivers understand the repercussions of staying too close and hope they'll be cautious and police it themselves........
Either way, it should make for an exciting race Saturday night.......
The second Bud Shootout practice only got a few minutes in before rain with Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya freight-training themselves to the top slot.........
First Bud Shootout Practice:
1) Kenseth 201.762
2) Burton 201.739
3) Ragan 200.151
4) McMurray 199.858
5) Newman 199.592
.....Near the end of practice, Stewart pushed Kurt Busch sent him sideways, collecting Stewart along with Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Allmendinger. All but Kurt Busch will go to back-up cars..