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NASCAR plans to finalize 2016 rules this week

Food City 500 - Practice

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 15: View of the NASCAR logo during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 15, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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NASCAR is nearing its 2016 rules package for the Sprint Cup Series after a successful meeting last Friday in New Hampshire.

NASCAR senior vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said Monday in his weekly appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive” that there would be another meeting this week with a goal of finalizing the rules package and releasing it to teams by the first or second week of October.

Several drivers, team competition directors and representatives from manufacturers and Goodyear discussed the rules for more than two hours at New Hampshire.

“It was a really good meeting to talk about the direction we wanted to head with the rules package and really get feedback on how everybody feels about that,” he said. “What are the right things we can dial up or remove from the package? We’re coming out of that meeting with some good momentum.”

NASCAR is considering multiple rules packages for next season. It’s expected that 1.5-mile tracks will feature a low-downforce approach that met with rave reviews from drivers, teams and Goodyear after trial races at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway this year.