Only tweaks are planned for NASCAR this season

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Since the system isn’t broken, NASCAR officials have no plans to change it – at least nothing radical.

The sport enjoyed one of its most exciting seasons ever last year, culminating with Tony Stewart winning his third Sprint Cup championship in the last race of the season. NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said the sport is “in a very good place” as it moves toward another season beginning next month with the Daytona 500.

But France also believes it can be even better.

So while NASCAR will pretty much leave well enough alone, they will make a few minor tweaks including taking some measures to address reducing two-car tandem racing at Daytona and Talladega.

“We have had a breathtaking number of close finishes at those tracks, but the fans want a mixture of styles including a return to a more traditional ‘pack racing’ and that close side-by-side competition that’s unique to Talladega and Daytona,” France said Thursday at NASCAR’s annual preseason news conference.

NASCAR and the teams are working hard on this and based on the test earlier this month, we’re encouraged that we’re making progress, “he said.

France said the two-car tandem racing “evolved into something that no one saw coming, and now we’re going to deal with that.”

NASCAR’s vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said some changes will be made to the cars including adding a slightly larger restrictor plate, a smaller spoiler and softer springs.

Those changes will be made beginning at Daytona in February.

France said NASCAR is “very encouraged” by increased television ratings across its three national series - the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series.

He also pointed to attendance gains at a number of venues.


Dale Earnhardt Jr. is coming to Evans.

The 37-year-old driver will zoom into the Lady Antebellum Pavilion at Evans Town Center Park at 11 a.m. Saturday, said Daniel Eubanks, the director of motorsports for online tax preparation service TaxSlayer.

Earnhardt is expected to show off a TaxSlayer logo race car, speak and answer questions from the audience. Afterward, fans with wristbands will be able to enter an autograph session, Eubanks said.

– From staff reports

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gnatman1102 01/27/12 - 07:06 am
Nothing radical, huh? I guess

Nothing radical, huh? I guess the change from carburetors, which don't exist on modern production cars, to fuel injection is not considered radical to the writer. The change to fuel injection has to be the single most radical thing NASCAR has done in it's history.

Maybe the fact that NASCAR will likely remain the most boring form of racing on the planet, even with fuel injection, is the conclusion being drawn from the writer.

scgator 01/27/12 - 01:39 pm
It may be true that I have

It may be true that I have never driven a "nascar" vehicle; I did short track racing for several years, this being said...............there is NOTHING boring about it! Try to envision running 100+ mph and feeling someone come up and bump you from behind, or looking out your right side window as you speed 3-4 inches away from the rail. I know, I know.......wrecks and spins are exciting in their own way..

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