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NASCAR pushes back COTA restart zone

NASCAR has pushed back the restart zone for this weekend’s events at Circuit of the Americas to just off the final corner as drivers hit the frontstretch.

“The restart zone in the past was just before the start/finish line, so you’ve got all 36 cars pretty much nose-to-tail heading off into Turn 1, and at the end of the race, it was risk versus reward,” NASCAR senior vice president of competition Elton Sawyer told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio this week. “Guys would just drive off in there, and the next thing you know, we’re 12 (and) 14-wide. I’m exaggerating a little bit but sometimes it looked that way.

“So, working closely with Jeff Burton and our drivers (we tried) to figure out a solution. We did some movements last year at Chicago on the restart zone and felt we had great restarts, had great racing. Obviously, the goal is to have the same at COTA.”