The 2013 NASCAR season is just days away from its unofficial start. How quick did that fly by? It seems like it was just yesterday that Brad Keselowski was crowned champion for the first time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. However, can he return to that form entering the 2013 season?
With the new Generation Six body among the numerous changes which the sanctioning body has implemented over the off-season, NASCAR teams are gearing up for what could be a make or break season for many drivers and teams. The new body comes with concerns for some teams, but for others, it’s just another way to prove how dominant they can be.
The teams which seem to be most prepared for the new body style include Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush-Fenway Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Michael Waltrip Racing and the rest of the top tier teams that fans expect to be competitive. It could be a chance for the small teams to have the breakout season they’ve been looking for throughout their time in the sport.
The new body comes with new rules including the new qualifying rule. It’s basically the same as what it was during the NASCAR Winston Cup Series era, but it could change things up if someone that has a terrible run in qualifying, intends to run a full race and ends up missing it because a start-and-park team out-qualified them. Brian France and the rest of the top guns at the NASCAR offices will probably make a rule to prevent this from happening too frequently.
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