NASCAR shows off new 'Gen 6' cars at Media Day

NASCAR shows off new 'Gen 6' cars at Media Day

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Media Day was held at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, in advance of Speedweeks, and much of the talk centered around the new car teams will use this season.

NASCAR calls the new car "Gen 6," and it is supposed to be a return to the stock car era. The cars on display looked much like a car you would buy on a show room floor except for the engines.  Owner and Driver Tony Stewart says this is exactly what the sport needed. It takes them back to their roots, and makes sponsors excited.

"What we're racing on Sunday promotes what they're selling on Monday, and that's kind of what's back down to now."

Clint Bowyer is also a big supporter.

"This is a car that's worth the hype!"

When we asked Bowyer what the car would drive like though, he wasn't so sure. After a few laps of testing last month at Daytona, there was a big pileup that ended the test day.

"One of the bigger things is the way it's fast. I'm telling you this car is extremely fast. You know we, are.. nobody knows. These are some pretty interesting times because I'm standing here trying to answer the question you just asked me and I don't know. We're fixin to go out there and find out."

Fast is a word we heard often when talking about the new cars. We also hear from drivers they will have less down force on the super speedways and more down force on the intermediate tracks. Denny Hamlin says the new car will incorporate another important goal, more excitement for fans on race day.

"I think the biggest changes you're going to see is in the competition. This is the first car that the teams and the teams and NASCAR put together, and come together and say what can we do to make passing easier."

Teams may start out more even than in the past, but most drivers like Dale Earnhardt Junior expect one of the teams to figure something out about how the new cars operate and have an early advantage this season.

"We want to start out fast, so we're going to have to figure out this car quickly."

One thing all of the teams expect is large racing packs. Some fans complained about tandem racing at the super speedways like Daytona and Talledega.

 

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