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NASCAR must improve quality of racing at Phoenix before 2020 series finale.

Posted On Sunday, 10 November 2019 23:57 Written by
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Kyle Busch takes the green flag to start the Cup race at ISM Raceway on November 10, 2019, in Avondale, Arizona. Kyle Busch takes the green flag to start the Cup race at ISM Raceway on November 10, 2019, in Avondale, Arizona. Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

Thoughts as NASCAR leaves Phoenix and heads to Homestead for the 2019 season finale:

— It’s imperative that NASCAR does something with the Cup aero package for shorter tracks before the 2020 season, at least in regard to shorter tracks. They simply can’t have the title race decided by 10 seconds. This was one of the worst races of the season, and we can’t have a repeat of that in 2020 when a championship is being decided at Phoenix. 

— There’s a lot of talk about young guns in NASCAR, and there is definitely lots of young talent in the ranks in all three major series. But look at the top ranks in Cup, and what do we see?: An average age of 38.5 among the final four at Homestead. The lesson: For now, experience rules. Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, William Byron and others will get their shot at the title soon enough. But they’re going to have to get past the veterans to do so, as long as they’re around.

— Tough day for Joey Logano. With Hamlin winning, he needed to finish better than Kyle Busch to reach the final four at Homestead. Unfortunately something went very wrong in a hurry for the 22 car, trapping him a lap down and ruining his chances at contending for the final transfer spot. Coulda, shoulda, woulda … but there will be no chance to defend his title. Also disappointing for his Penske teammate Ryan Blaney to come up just short after running up front all day and being on the front row in the final restart.

— It’s pretty clear that Denny Hamlin deserved to win at Phoenix, as he was clearly the best car. He may have also been the most motivated driver in the field after last week’s big points loss knocked him out of the top 4 — creating a must-win situation that he lived up to.

— If you weren’t sure the Toyotas were dominant in 2019, just know that after 35 races, they have won 18 races, leaving Ford and Chevy to divide up the remaining 17. Most likely, Toyota will add another win to that total at Homestead and claim the driver’s championship too.

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Matt M. Myftiu

Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

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