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NASCAR test day scheduled for tomorrow in Charlotte

Oct 13, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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NASCAR’s new Generation 6 machines for the Sprint Cup Series have certainly been faster than their predecessors. Track qualifying records have been broken a whopping 17 times this season, with the most recent record falling at Dover International Speedway a few weeks ago at the hands of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

But the new cars were supposed to deliver a better on-track product, especially on the 1.5-mile intermediate tracks that make up the bulk of the NASCAR calendar. And, by and large, it hasn’t come through in that regard.

Track position and the clean air that goes along with it remain the all-important keys to victory, with restarts and pit stops emerging as the prime opportunities to gain ground.

NASCAR is trying to go about solving that problem as they have scheduled a test day for tomorrow at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Six teams will take part in the session, which is designed to aid research and development on Sprint Cup’s 1.5-mile package and improve upon it for 2014.

According to NASCAR.com’s Kenny Bruce, each manufacturer will have two teams represented at the test: Penske Racing and Wood Brothers Racing for Ford, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and Richard Childress Racing for Chevrolet, and Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing for Toyota.

The initial release regarding the test day said that officials would be testing aerodynamic enhancements, chassis ride heights and drafting scenarios as part of the proceedings.

  1. nascarmike45 - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    The comment they should be listening to is “Track position is everything. You can’t do anything unless you’re out front,” The CARS are making the racing incredibly boring to watch. They have way too much downforce, and the aero dependancy is the worst it has ever been since NASCAR began. The racing would be awesome if they slowed down the cars, and took the downforce off. All the cars are running the same speed…..getting off the throttle and back on at nearly the same time. That, my friends, makes the racing boring as hell to watch. Nobody can get a run on someone else when everyone is letting of the gas and getting back on the gas at the same time. It’s not rocket science. Take the splitters and the stupid shark fin off the cars, take the downforce off, and let the drivers DRIVE the cars. Thats when you will see the “racing” return.

  2. 40fan - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Didn’t you watch the race last night, the 2 car was passing. Nascar slowed the cars down and took down force away and it created pack race, which everybody complains about. (Daytona and Talladega) The shark fin (wickerbill) is there to help keep the cars from flying during a sideways slide and the roof flaps help to keep the cars from lifting off the track went going backwards at high speeds during a spin. You either like nascar or you don’t. Sounds like you need watch another type of race series. I watch a race to see the cars go faster not slower.

  3. puzzledmcgee - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    I don’t think NASCAR has the intelligence to try to improve the aero problem that has gone on for years and years and years.

  4. theracefan - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    NASCAR needs to get out of car designing and let the manufacturer and teams design the cars as in years gone by when racing was racing and the stands were full. No one wants to pay to see a one or two car breakaway and only a handful of cars on the lead lap. That is not a race, it’s a bore. Get back to the racing like when Petty drove the Daytona and Elliot drove a T- Bird. These cars are more like Indy cars covered with sheet metal. Remember NASCAR, this is Stock car racing, not rocket science and it is for the pleasure of the fans not the tyrannical whims of parity by Brain Dead France.

  5. 40fan - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    When Petty was winning so many races everyone accused him of cheating, and he was cheating in one of his last wins.(oversized engine) Elliot’s T-Bird was great if you where a Elliot or a Ford fan. Do you remember the Super Bird, they were so fast Nascar used a restrictor plate to slow them down because of the advantage they had.There is always going to be an aero push from a stock car, even IRL cars have that problem. Like I said, you either like Nascar or you don’t.

    • puzzledmcgee - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      40fan I don’t mean to make you mad but here goes line by line. Richard Petty was and is the “King” and I don’t think “everybody” accused him of cheating, I think most fans were terribly disappointed when they heard the news. On Elliot, his car was smaller, but the Monte Carlo was soon fudged with the big plastic back window. On the Daytona and Superbird, they ran over 200 and NASCAR knew they would fly so they put on the plate, and then went to 305 engines to make them obsolete. Did you see the blown engine smoke on Saturday, it clearly showed where the dead air is behind the cars. Go back a little bit further in history when Daytona came online Junior Johnson won the 1960 Daytona 500. His chevy had less power than the leading pontiac but he could follow right behind it at partial throttle. When the pontiac’s back window blew out, Johnson won the race he (was sponsored by the Daytona Kennel Club). And it looks like the IRL cars have great big wings that cause a lot of “bad” air behind them too.

  6. hjdiet - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I would try removing the shark fin first… test and see what happens…

  7. 40fan - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Mcgee, sound like we’re on the same page. When I said “everybody” I really just meant the people he was beating. Nascar has a reason for leveling the playing field. Some of the fans don’t remember how the cars would tumble and roll after lifting off the ground during a spin, I’m glad they put the sea creature device on the cars. Just sayin…

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