Concord, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Denny Hamlin expects no less than six track records to be broken in the NASCAR Sprint Cup 2013.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver made this announcement after he wrecked early in the morning session at Charlotte Motor Speedway hitting record breaking speeds.
Kasey Kahne of Hendrick Motorsports put down a top lap of 193.771 mph during the morning practice in race trim.
That was slightly faster than the track record of 193.708 mph Greg Biffle registered in qualifying at the October Chase race.
While Kahne and Hamlin attributed some of the speed to cool track conditions that create more grip, the cars’ added grip and imporved downforce allows the cars to go faster in the corners without having to create a sideways effect with rear yaw.
Joey Logano said the car allows him to take a more aggressive line in the corners like he does with the Nationwide Series car.
But Hamlin admitted that closing in on lead cars remains a struggle.
“Everything is a step in the right direction,” Hamlin said. “The only thing that scares me is the speed that we’re running.”
Hamlin’s crash had nothing to do with speed. He said the upper control arm broke, causing him to lose control and drive straight into the wall.
Sixteen drivers participated in the two-day test.
“Speeds will be up,” Logano said. “There definitely is the possibility for track records to be broken, but we’ll have to wait and see.”