NASCAR Begins 2013 With Preseason Thunder at Daytona

By Joseph Wolkin
Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NASCAR season is quickly approaching. There are just a few weeks before the teams will enter the tunnel at the Daytona International Speedway to mark the start of NASCAR’s biggest race week that the sport has to offer.

Testing will begin on Jan. 10 and will continue until Jan. 12 as 35 teams with 36 drivers are entered for the first test of the year. Besides the test at Daytona, there will also be a test on Jan. 17 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The annual Preseason Thunder will begin with the much anticipated “Generation Six” car making its way around the 2.5 mile super speedway. It should be an exciting week for NASCAR fans as they will finally get to see what the newer edition body style will do on the racetrack.

Fans have been saying that NASCAR has unveiled a new car, but that usage has been thrown around considering that it’s still the same car, it’s just a new body style that resembles the likes of the manufacturers. However, the new body will include a new rules package at Daytona for Preseason Thunder. Though the changes aren’t official, it will likely be the rules package for the Daytona 500 with the exception of some minor changes, i.e. if the speeds are too fast with the new car, the sanctioning body may change the restrictor plate size as well as the size of the spoiler by a minuscule amount.

“This test is an opportunity for the teams to prepare their cars for Speedweeks and the 55th running of the Daytona 500,”  NASCAR Vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said.

Testing won’t be the only thing happening at Daytona throughout the week. The annual fan fest will be held Thursday night which should set a spark for even more excitement for the upcoming NASCAR season. 31 of the 36 drivers participating in the testing will be present at fan fest Thursday evening which gives fans the opportunity to meet their heroes.

Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.

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