The final race of the Championship 4 is taking place at Martinsville, a track that is only half a mile in length. All the drivers who are still in contention for the championship are under a lot of pressure. After all, there is nothing worse than getting this far and not being able to secure a spot in the top 4. This pressure was evident last week and continued to build during the 267 laps of the 4EVER 400 race.
After winning in Las Vegas, many believed Kyle Larson would take a break and get ready for Phoenix. But this native of Elk Grove is exceptional. In his pre-race interview on Sunday, he revealed his top strategy for building momentum on the 1.5-mile track at Homestead-Miami. And even NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. supported his approach, much to his delight.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. explains the art of running the hurricane
Last year at Martinsville Speedway, Ross Chastain made a memorable move during the round of 8 finishers that will be remembered by all motorsport enthusiasts. He accelerated and swiftly maneuvered through the track, securing his spot in the final 4. This daring move still resonates with NASCAR fans. Although it proved successful for Chastain, NASCAR has since prohibited it prior to the race. However, Dale Earnhardt Jr. believes that driving along the fence is crucial for achieving speed at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
While he may not intend for someone to replicate Ross Chastain’s fence measuring technique, utilizing the high groove can be beneficial. Dale Earnhardt Jr. compared the walls at Homestead-Miami Speedway to a hurricane, stating that the closer you are to the wall, the riskier it becomes. In order to succeed at this track, drivers must practice running the high line or “ripping the fence.” Drivers like Stewart, Edwards, Reddick, and Larson have all successfully navigated the wall to win here.
Kyle Larson also reiterated his statement while speaking to a reporter before the race. He stated, “Being comfortable against the wall is crucial and I know there are many drivers who struggle with it. This gives drivers like me an edge when we race here.”
“It just seems like the next-gen cars, it’s a bit easier to pack air against the wall,” he admitted. Interestingly, Kaulig Racing icon AJ Allmendinger wouldn’t agree.
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To achieve the best speed, it is necessary to drive closely to the fence on the top lane. This is what Kyle Larson and Junior believe. However, the #16 Chevy driver warns that there is a delicate balance between skillfully navigating the top groove and dangerously hitting the wall.
During a conversation with Taylor Kornhoff from Frontstretch, AJ Allmendinger expressed that while drivers such as Kyle Larson and Tyler Reddick have had success utilizing the high-line move, it is not the ultimate determining factor. Allmendinger stated, “It’s about finding the right balance between skill and strategy. With this car, it’s not always necessary to solely rely on the high line.”
Following a fifth place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the 41-year-old driver from California stated, “Thankfully, we had a strong enough car that allowed me to achieve that. It was a lot of fun.”
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What is your opinion on AJ Allmendinger? Do you support Kyle Larson and Junior’s method for succeeding at this medium-sized racetrack? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
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