LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - NASCAR CEO Brian France says the new drivers' council is just one more way to listen to feedback that could help improve the sport.


France says it's important to listen to their feedback on safety and other issues.


About 20 top drivers met last weekend with NASCAR officials at Dover International Speedway. Competition, the 2016 rules package, attendance and safety were among the topics discussed.


Speaking before Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway, France says he wants "more communication, not less," with drivers. He referenced recent meetings with track operators as well as the owners that formed the Race Team Alliance last season as ways NASCAR officials take the pulse of the sport with stakeholders.


Drivers who were there feel the meeting was long overdue, and finally comes at a time when everyone seems to be grasping at how to improve the racing.