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NASCAR icon joins Jimmie Johnson and demand “I would love more practice”

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The NASCAR Cup Series has always been a high-stakes battleground where split-second decisions can make or break a race. In recent years, however, the practice landscape has undergone significant changes. As we delve into the 2024 season, drivers are voicing their opinions about the limited practice sessions and the impact it has on their performance. Jimmie Johnson raised concerns after his crash at Texas during practice.

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Now, Dale Earnhardt Jr. also joins the opinion advocating for more practice sessions. He cited examples such as Shane Van Gisbergen and even his JRM driver, Josh Berry. Dale Jr. emphasized that he himself needs more practice to adapt to the car, especially after NASCAR’s changes with the Next Gen cars.

NASCAR drivers demand more practice

Brad Keselowski, co-owner and driver for RFK Racing, recently highlighted the financial impact of limited practice. He emphasized that the number of practice sessions affects team expenses, travel costs, and personnel requirements.

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As a rookie in the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series, Ty Gibbs felt the pinch of the truncated practice sessions. He expressed his views during NASCAR’s awards week in Nashville last month:

“I would love to have more practice if we could,” Gibbs stated. “It only helps me out. The simulating process on the simulator is not fake; it’s a crucial part of our preparation. But bridging the gap between simulation and actual track time remains challenging. Longer practice sessions would definitely benefit us.”

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NASCAR’s stance and perspective

While NASCAR’s decision to maintain the current practice format has its reasons—such as streamlining technical processes and reducing team expenses—drivers continue to adapt. As the 2024 season unfolds, their ability to maximize the short practice windows will be crucial.

In conclusion, the debate over practice sessions rages on. Whether it’s the roar of engines on the track or the hum of simulators, NASCAR drivers strive for excellence. And perhaps, someday, longer practice sessions will once again become a reality.

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Moin
I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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