HOMESTEAD, Fla – Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 will likely be remembered for it being an end of an era in NASCAR. Next year, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will move to a completely new aero package. That means next year’s race will likely be completely different than what we saw this weekend.
While I’ll reserve my judgement until I formally see it under race conditions, I don’t know how much better we can get the package we saw at Homestead. I know this may not be widely popular with the fan base, but I liked what I saw on Sunday.
I like how strategy and tire fall off can dictate a race. The drama we saw at the end where Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. short pitted during the final green flag pit sequence and Kyle Busch stayed out to hope for a yellow, was fun. Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race played out the same way with Tyler Reddick outsmarting everyone en route to the win and a championship.
Next year’s race, well we won’t have that.
The tires aren’t going to fall off anymore. The package won’t produce a lot of separation. From what we’re hearing, we’re going to have a pack race with a lot of grip. While I think some places would benefit from that, Homestead isn’t one.
I like that we only had nine total cautions all weekend and six of those were for stage breaks. I like long green flag runs and watching drivers slip and slide around the track looking for grip and the fastest lane for them.
Sadly, this race and all that we saw, is over. It may never be like this again.