Cowley’s team has already suffered the biggest disaster of the next generation to date, when Justin Haley was smashed into a concrete wall in the Clash show race, which opened at the opening of the season at the Coliseum of Los Angeles (above), an injury that he admitted was a little behind from us a bit ”.
On Saturday night, the Xfinity series race demonstrated the potential of the “big” in Dayton when Mayette Snyder’s car flew into the fishing fence and was destroyed – with the engine ejected from the chassis.
LeafFilter executive chairman Kawlig, whose drivers Hailey and Daniel Hamrick start on Thursday after careful races in their Duel qualifiers, believes the race will not be affected by negative drivers who think about the long-term consequences of losing a car. getting involved in a huge wreck, like Snyder.
“I think everyone was careful in the fights, trying to feel the car to see what Sunday would be like,” Kaulig told Motorsport.com. “It’s clearly different from years past, and I actually think it’s going to be a really good show on Sunday.
“I think it will happen at 500? I think they will sort it out like crazy! I think they want to go, get ahead, and they just can’t hold back.
“Cars seem to be attracted to each other quite easily, so it’s good for passing, so that means running well for someone means there will be a temptation to pass. It’s too tempting to put up with these guys. “
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Both duel races went unnoticed until the very last lap of the second, when Joey Lagana too late threw the block at Chris Busher and broke away – the accident he admitted was a “stupid mistake”.
“Obviously they didn’t want to do it, it was the last thing they wanted to do,” Kawlig said. “Thursday night was just an example of when [Buescher] strongly entered inside Logano, and they crashed. “
Kawlig believes that with the release of the Daytona 500, any thoughts about protecting their cars from damage will be completely forgotten.
“I think they will have a tough race on Sunday,” he said. “The interesting thing about these drivers is that they are very competitive. They can’t help but race. Every year 500 is like “Okay, let’s have patience, it’s 500 miles” and then they get into it, and competitive juices start flowing.
“Drivers also need to get used to judging how fast someone is going on them when they have time to go down and block. They even have to get used to the mirrors, we now have a digital rear view mirror, so now they are looking through the camera lens.
“So it’s all a learning process with this new machine.”
Daytona is also the most strategic race of the year, in terms of the manufacturer in terms of draft partners, and Kawlig says he is embracing Chevrolet’s plan to ensure that one of his cars wins today.
“We are definitely a Chevy team,” he said. “And it’s important here more than anywhere, we have a strategy as a manufacturer, and Chevrolet has done a really great job, and I’m proud to work with their other teams.
“We all agreed to work together, and everyone is getting along very well. We just want to see Chevrolet on Victory Lane. ”