New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NH) is applying the traction agent PJ1 to both turns ahead of this weekend’s race action in an effort to promote more side-by-side racing throughout the weekend.
“With the intent of creating another groove for the drivers to produce more exciting on-track racing for our fans, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be applying a PJ1 compound to all four turns of the 1.058-mile speedway prior to any on-track racing for the July 14-16 NASCAR race weekend,” said David McGrath, the Executive Vice President and General Manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a statement to Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Bristol Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway have also used the PJ1 substance (also known as VHT) in the past.
NHMS did not specify the exact location where the PJ1 substance will be applied in the corners, though according to some NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers, it is believed that it will be in the “second groove,” which is the preferred lane for the Modifieds.
“I’ve heard it’ll be in the second groove,” said Justin Bonsignore, driver of the No. 51 Kenneth Massa-owned Modified. “Obviously our groove is a little bit different than where the Cup cars and the XFINITY cars run. So it might be in our lane. I don’t know if it’ll effect us much at all or if it will just cause everybody to run a little bit lower on the race track, which I feel like over the last couple of years we’ve already started to do slowly but surely.”
The two races for the Modifieds this weekend will not be the first time those drivers experience racing on a track that has applied PJ1. The series raced last year at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN), and also this year at Riverhead Raceway (NY) with the substance on the race track.
“Riverhead so far has been the only track that has successfully done it that I’ve been on,” said 2013 NWMT champion Ryan Preece. “I think for the Modifieds it might make it that the outside will be the groove to be in, but who knows? It’s kind of unpredictable, but I think it’ll add to some excitement.”
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race Friday and Saturday at NHMS this weekend in the non-points Whelen All-Star event and the Eastern Propane & Oil 100 points race. The Modifieds will be joined by the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR XFINITY Series and Monster Energy Cup Series.
Speed51.com will have live Trackside Now coverage of both NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race from New Hampshire this weekend.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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