The wait for the 2013 NASCAR season is about to be over. After what felt like very long months, the start of a whole new year is just a mere hours away.
As the season begins with Speed Weeks at Daytona International Speedway, it also brings several new changes within NASCAR. Beginning at Daytona, fans, drivers and teams get to witness new changes, debuts, new faces and returning drivers. The anticipation for the start of a new season has never been any higher than it has been this year.
With the start of Speed Weeks, the debut of the new sixth generation cup cars will be one of the headliners of the new season. Along with the new cars, the newly re-branded Budweiser Shootout–now known as the Sprint Unlimited–will start the season under fan direction. The upcoming Sprint Unlimited gave fans the power to make their voices heard in the first race of the year.
Following the Sprint Unlimited, things will begin to shift into normality as all series prepare to officially begin the year with the season opening races at Daytona. The NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be making their return to the tracks since Homestead. Both Series look ready to give fans something to talk about following changes in the off-season, perhaps bringing their most competitive season.
As the year goes on, the number of days until some series make their visit to new tracks begin to wind down. With the new season comes new territory as the truck series will race on dirt, then go to Eldora Speedway and race on a road course as well. The Nationwide Series made a change within one of their road course dates to move to a new track.
Also this year beginning at Daytona, the new qualifying procedures go into effect and qualifying will mean even more now.
The wait for the 2013 season is over and the command to start engines is just hours away. All the new features for a new season are set to begin.