The results of what NASCAR called a productive discussion with its Cup Series drivers over the weekend at Talladega will guide upcoming changes to its short track and road course aero package.

Many drivers said they could tell no difference in the racing two weeks ago at Martinsville, Va., with the new package, or in some instances, thought it was worse than last year.

As part of a scheduled meeting with Cup drivers Saturday morning at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, NASCAR officials as well as representatives from tire supplier Goodyear discussed several options for the series to try to improve the racing product this season.

[Denny] Hamlin said he left the meeting “very optimistic” with the discussion, and believed one area that could be addressed is a change in the tire compounds.

“We feel like we‘re comfortable enough now to start mixing that up and really start getting more aggressive with our tire compounds,” Hamlin said. “That‘s fantastic news for us and hopefully for competition here in the next few months.”


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