CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - Erik Jones, William Byron, Daniel Hemric and title contender Aric Almirola previewed NASCAR’s 2019 rules package – a form of which debuted in May’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race and Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Among the changes to the rules package for next year are an eight-inch by 61-inch rear spoiler, a 37-inch-wide radiator pan that tapers to 31 inches and a front splitter with a two-inch overhang.
Current NASCAR Xfinity Series points leader, Daniel Hemric shared that one of the keys to the new package is deciding how much you are willing to risk when it comes to handling and speed.
"You get that sensation in your stomach that the speed is up from what I expected it to be. That took me back to my truck racing days," Hemric said. "If you trim the truck way way out and you knew you were by yourself you're making a lot of speed, but you could feel in your gut there wasn't enough drag and enough overall down force to keep it to where it would drive good in a race situation and as you go the other way with that the speed is slowing down, but it becomes more drive-able. It goes back to what I was talking about the risk vs reward of handling vs speed."
Hemric will drive Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 Chevrolet in next year’s Monster Energy Cup season.
The new rules package will debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Feb. 24, 2019. Atlanta will also host a Goodyear tire test on Tuesday, Oct. 30.