Former NASCAR Driver Invalidates Kyle Busch’s Concerns Amidst Atlanta Entertainment Factor

Published 03/23/2022, 12:45 PM EDT
LONG POND, PA – JUNE 27: Kyle Busch, driver of the (18) M&M’s Mini’s Toyota prior to the NASCAR Cup Series – Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 on June 27, 2021 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Former NASCAR driver, Kyle Petty, was featured on an episode of the “NASCAR on NBC podcast” where he shared his 2 cents on the new and remapped Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Since the first race in the Atlanta Motor Speedway, there have been a lot of questions about the tack. Kyle Busch has been very outspoken about the track, going ahead and even saying that the track makes him more of an entertainer than a driver. However, we have seen that Atlanta was a very entertaining track for the fans. In fact, this year’s remapped Atlanta race had the highest number of fans in the grandstands.

Kyle Petty Shares his Views on the Atlanta Motor Speedway

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The former driver stated that “I liked it, I enjoyed it from a fan’s perspective. I’m sure, as a driver, I would hate it…I…I would hate it.”

Moreover, Kyle Busch talked about the turns of Atlanta not being wide enough, to which Petty said, “The drivers’ concern should be more about the safety of the track.”. And, he said that he disagrees with Busch’s complaints. In fact, he said that the turns at Atlanta are wider than Daytona.  On top of that, he stated, “The problem is, it’s not that the turns aren’t wide enough. It’s that you don’t use enough Asphalt.”

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All in all, Petty understands the perspective of Kyle Busch and other drivers. However, he feels that the safety of the driver is more important than the quality of racing. Especially, considering the crashes that occurred in Atlanta.

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The 1.5 mile-long Oval track has been repaved and reconfigured to promote superspeedway style racing, like Daytona and Talladega.

Mar 20, 2022; Hampton, Georgia, USA; Fans in the crowd look on as NASCAR Cup Series drivers Chase Briscoe (14) and Ryan Blaney (12) lead the field at the green flag to begin the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Right after the July 2021 race, the corner banking of Atlanta was changed from 24 degrees to 28 degrees. Additionally, NASCAR widened the front stretch to further promote Superspeedway-style racing. However, the cars will use the same packages featured on the 2.5 miles long Daytona and Talladega tracks.

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All in all, Atlanta was a very entertaining race. Yet, the concerns of the drivers and fans are justified. However, did the ‘new’ Atlanta pass the test? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

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