It seems the more NASCAR tweaks the aerodynamic package for the Cup cars, the worse it seems to make the racing.

The race at Pocono this past weekend was a perfect example of how modifying the aero package on an almost weekly basis ends up with the result being a boring race.

"It's not that it's hard to pass, it's impossible," Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin said of the race at Pocono, a race in which Hamlin finished sixth and his teammate Kyle Busch won for the fourth time this year.

Even Busch was critical of the package used at Pocono, expressing frustration with the inability to showcase his talents.

NASCAR emerged from a "niche" sport many years ago when it treated fans to lots of side-by-side racing, passing for the lead and more than just a few teams having the ability to win.

This year Joe Gibbs Racing team members have won nine of the 18 races, Team Penske has four wins and Hendrick Motorsports has one.

At most races, there have been less than full fields and many empty seats in the grandstands.

With the next race taking place at Michigan International Speedway -- traditionally a fuel-strategy event -- the chances of a first-time winner in 2019 appear to be very slim.

If NASCAR decides to use the same aero package when it returns to Pocono and for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the result will be another yawner of a race.

Busch told the media at Pocono to stop asking about the aero package.

He made one competitive pass of Clint Bowyer on Lap 75 and dominated the rest of the way.

Once a car gets out front, it is almost impossible for another driver to make a pass for the lead.

NASCAR has to settle on one aero package for the whole season and let the teams make it work for every race.

IndyCar uses different packages because the series runs on oval tracks, street and road courses. The result for the most part has been exciting races -- as at the Indianapolis 500 this year -- and a renewed interest among fans.

There is also a lot of talk about running an IndyCar and NASCAR race at the same track on one weekend. Mentioned the most is Pocono.

The question becomes which series runs Sunday and which runs as the support event?

The idea of running two different types of racing on the same weekend is terrible.

Whether it likes it or not, NASCAR is once again becoming a niche sport that has lost the attention of many casual fans, and unless some changes are made, that fan base will continue to dwindle.


The Champion Racing Association conducted several races at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend.

Tom Gossar won the Vore's Compact Touring Series feature. Jack Dossey II finished second to Mike Skinner in the pro compact race and 16th in the super late model series, which was won by Steve Nasse.

Jeff Lane finished fifth in the Street Stock feature. Elwood's Jacob McElfresh finished 10th in the race won for the third time by Chuck Barnes Jr.

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