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Intrigued Ryan Blaney Questions NASCAR’s Genius Amid Iowa Shocker: “I’d Like to Know the Mindset Behind That”

The NASCAR Cup Series marks its first run at Iowa Speedway. To organize a successful racing event, the mile-long race track underwent major changes. For the first time since the track opened to racing fans in 2006, the track underwent a major renovation job, a job that has excited the NASCAR community.

The images of the renovated circuit were worrying. Even Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell, who were part of the Goodyear tire test in Iowa, spoke at length about how the repair could cause problems for the Cup race. But Ryan Blaney’s hilarious comment about the repave job was the highlight of all the reactions. And it looks like he’s still not over it.

Why is the repair at Iowa Speedway a big concern?

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Repaves are notoriously unpopular among drivers and fans alike. The smooth racing surface leads to single groove racing and less tire wear. These two factors combined to make for boring racing, with drivers unable to pass. The strange thing about the repair in Iowa was that only the corners and the inside of the track were being worked on. This raises more questions about track conditions.

Iowa Speedway is a second home of sorts for Ryan Blaney, who has fond memories of winning the track in the 2015 Xfinity Series race. However, he couldn’t maintain his sentiment (intrigued/delighted) when asked for his thoughts on the newly paved racing surface ahead of Sunday’s Cup Series race at Gateway Motorpark.

“I like that there is a cup race going there; that’s a great location. My mom is from just outside of Des Moines, so I have a lot of family there too. So, special track for me, I got my first truck win there over 10 years ago. The repave task is interesting; I would like to know what the mentality is behind that, but I still enjoy going there.” Blaney said in an interview with FrontStrech.

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However, amid all the concerns and reactions the newly paved Iowa Speedway is receiving, feedback from veteran Brad Kesleowski was quite optimistic. One that could potentially save the Next Gen from damage and drivers from injuries.

The new NASCAR fix so far has helped remove the bumps from the track

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An old, worn surface makes for a more exciting race compared to a brand new racing surface. But there are times when repairs are indeed necessary, especially to facilitate the racing experience for the drivers and the safety of the racing cars. The next-generation racing car has an aerodynamic body and the lower wing of the body is located just a few centimeters from the racing track. So with the old worn surface in Iowa having seen no changes in the last eighteen years, repaving became essential to ensure a safe racing experience.

Keselowski was among the drivers who participated in the Goodyear tire test at Iowa Speedway, where he shared his experiences and stated: “A lot has changed with the track surface. You used to have a really bad tunnel that bumped down in the corners, and now it’s kind of a car, which is nice. Because the next generation car doesn’t really handle bumps well, kind of like an IndyCar. But I think it makes the car more raceable.”

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The mile-and-a-half NASCAR Cup race has proven to be a great success this season. While there are concerns about the racing conditions in Iowa, hopefully the new repave isn’t a deal breaker.

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