NASCAR’s Car Challenge Runs Deeper Than COT

 Not a week goes by in NASCAR nation when there isn’t a discussion about downward trends in track attendance and TV ratings, and there’s as many opinions out there as there are fans. And just as sure as there are a variety of complaint offered, there as many attempted fixes by NASCAR to try to address it, the latest being tweaks to the side skirts with the aim of creating less down force and greater ground clearance,by another inch. At the end of the day, the desired end i ...

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COULD RACE CARS ONCE AGAIN LOOK LIKE FACTORY MODELS? IT COULD HAPPEN

Will Sprint Cup cars once again resemble factory models like they did in the old days? At last Friday's Nationwide race, the new Dodge Charger and new Ford Mustang hit the track for the first time and NASCAR brass was paying attention. Wasn't it nice to see cars that did not look like the rest of the field? At least in the Dodge Charger's case? Maybe you should let NASCAR know how you feel: fanfeedback@nascar.com.  New cars rolled out in Nationwide (SI.com) ...

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MODIFYING THE CAR OF TOMORROW

Dale Earnhardt Jr. lent his voice to a growing chorus last week when he suggested that NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow needs to change.  Junior is right on the money.  The new car has made racing safer, which is great, but it has made for some snooze-inducing racing as well.  Here are five modifications that would turn fuel-strategy-sleepers into Ricky Craven vs. Kurt Busch photo finish nail-biters.  1. Robot copilotWhat if David Reutimann had an R2 unit to repair his car mid-ra ...

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CHANGES COMING TO CAR OF TOMORROW?

There are many problems with the Car of Tomorrow. It doesn't turn well in corners. It kills right-side tires. All of the cars look the same. Also, the Car of Tomorrow causes itching, vertigo, dizziness and tingling in extremities. Pregnant women, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged exposure to Car of Tomorrow. Do not taunt Car of Tomorrow.Oh, wait, those last few actually are from the Saturday Night Live commercial parody for Happy Fun Ball.Bottom line: The list of real complaints ab ...

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What’s the Secret to Success, the Car or the Driver?

Well, knock me down with a feather! Turns out we might have had this whole the Car of Tomorrow is garbage thing wrong after all! There are certain unanswerable questions in life -- like, for example, chocolate or vanilla? Blonde or brunette? Beyonce or Megan Fox? NASCAR has its own variation on this dilemma, namely, what's more crucial to success, the car or the driver? Historically, it's a question that has been both damn-near impossible to answer with any measure of confidence and ...

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