I see nothing but positives so far. They nailed Keselowski who aparently took it upon himself to "improve" the wheels on Penske's and his race cars. Nascar just this week busted Petty GMS for changing the mesh on the exhaust boxes. Reading a lot of the social media about the DQ's of the rice burners, it's mostly favorable except for a few die hard yota fans. The finishing orders this year are showing that it isn't all lopsided because the smaller teams with less pit and driver skills many times are scoring well. I'm more convinced this year that this stupid chase nonsense should disappear. Somebody like Hamlin ranked 21 in regular points shouldn't be in the playoffs ranked 8thI agree. All day long, drivers got too high exiting turn 1, either on their own or pushed up there by traffic. They had to lift to stay off the wall, and they'd lose four or five places before regaining momentum. Hamlin gave Ross a little help getting up there too high, but Ross made the choice not to lift. Wrong choice. I thought it was an elegant, deftly executed example of payback. And I say that as a Chastain partisan.
Regarding Bondo Joe... I'm disappointed to see that Next Gen car preparation practices apparently have not embraced the practical imperatives of the new business model that team owners lobbied for so ardently. With spec chassis and spec bodies that cannot be "massaged," the owners have substantial cost benefits that are intended to fundamentally alter the economics of team ownership. If the prevailing attitude is as @Revman says it is ("We cheated, we got caught, we'll take our medicine and cheat smarter next week"), then this spec-based business model will fail.
When spec parts are mandated, there will always be large performance gains to be had by "improving" the spec parts. Of course there will always be gray areas that are subject to creative interpretations... but this is not such a case. Adding foreign material to the nose of the car, under the wrap to hide it, is not a creative interpretation, it's flat out cheating.
Do we want to return to the era when only about three teams could afford to keep up? Goodbye Trackhose, goodbye 23XI, goodbye Kaulig and Petty GMS, goodbye Childress and Front Row... only TRD and HMS and maybe Penske or SHR can run up front... is that what @Revman wants? Not what I want,,