Carl Edwards: Downforce damages spectacle in NASCAR image

Carl Edwards believes NASCAR should remove downforce in order to improve racing in the Sprint Cup Series.

This year’s Daytona 500 was criticized for its boring racing, as the majority of the cars stuck to the outside line for most of the race, generating concerns about the spectacle offered by the new Gen 6 cars.

“I am 100 per cent for taking all of the downforce away from the race cars and just racing mechanical grip and maybe having a couple stagger options for the tyres to help change the balance. But that’s been my take forever, just because I really enjoy the mechanical grip aspect of the racing,” Carl Edwards was quoted as saying by Autosport.

“If I could wave my magic wand, we’d have cars with no downforce and half the grip that we have and you’d have cars out there running three wide, sideways, fighting for track position and making spring adjustments during pitstops and all that,” Edwards added.

The Las Vegas race this weekend will be the first large oval where the cars run at full power, following the Daytona 500 were cars had restrictor plates and the Phoenix race held on a shorter circuit.

According to Edwards, who won at Phoenix last Sunday, the Las Vegas race will demonstrate where the new cars really stand.