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NASCAR Cup: traction compound in play for playoff races at New Hampshire, Charlotte

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series takes the green flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series takes the green flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

The PJ1 TrackBite traction compound will be applied to racing surfaces for at least two of the nine races remaining in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, beginning with Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The compound also will be applied to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Oct. 8 race there.

The substance is used on portions of race tracks in effort to create multiple grooves of racing at tracks that previously produced single-groove racing.

NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller announced the plans to use PJ1 during the playoff races at NHMS at CMS during an interview on “The Morning Drive” show on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio last month after the second Cup Series race hosted by Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway in 2017.

The traction compound was used at both New Hampshire at Charlotte during their respective regular-season races, in addition to both regular-season races at Bristol. It was used for the first time by NASCAR at Bristol last August. That race weekend was the only race weekend for which it was used by NASCAR in 2016

According to Scott, NASCAR is considering using the compound at other race tracks.

“We’re learning about it and learning about its uses and its positives,” Miller said. “We haven’t really found any negatives. As with anything, it’s a challenge to get right because it’s the first time we’ve dabbled in this. We have experience at some tracks, but anyplace new that we go is still just a project that we’re working on.”

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