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2022 NASCAR Season Thread

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It is a new year, new teams, and a new NextGen car. The new teams are working out the logistics of their new organizations and they are also testing right now at Daytona to get the new car to go faster as the times are hovering around 185 MPH, Dale Earnhardt Jr is down in Daytona to drive as a test consultant for Hendricks and the teams are a bit concerned that this car won't get up into the 190's for a race like the 500. So it is interesting to see what people are doing to get speed out of this car. We shall see how all of these changes play-out in the next month or so as the new season is underway.
 

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The most obvious changes to the NextGen car is NASCAR has finally gone to one big lug nut to hold the wheels on the car which is similar to the IMSA, IndyCar, and F-1 series, Like those two series, NASCAR has moved-on from 15-inch steel wheels, which hardly any car bought today has unless you are in the compact and sub-compact class of consumer automobiles and replaced them with 18-inch aluminum wheels. Also, the door number has been moved to the front of the front door overlapping onto the front quarter panels. I like all of the changes and these changes should introduce many new strategies in this series to perhaps change the dynamics of the series outright. But we shall see.
 

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The most obvious changes to the NextGen car is NASCAR has finally gone to one big lug nut to hold the wheels on the car which is similar to the IMSA, IndyCar, and F-1 series, Like those two series, NASCAR has moved-on from 15-inch steel wheels, which hardly any car bought today has unless you are in the compact and sub-compact class of consumer automobiles and replaced them with 18-inch aluminum wheels. Also, the door number has been moved to the front of the front door overlapping onto the front quarter panels. I like all of the changes and these changes should introduce many new strategies in this series to perhaps change the dynamics of the series outright. But we shall see.
I might be done with Nascar this year.
After watching it for 43 years. I just cant get excited for this coming season. Now that my favorite driver is out of racing, which was the only thing keeping coming back (to listen to his radio live) Pushing #'s to the front looks stupid AF. If they were gonna move the #'s for more sponsorship should have been towards the back. Many many other bitches about how Nascar ruined my sport through the years.
I do like the fact they went to one lugnut. Which they probably should have done way back when they got rid of the carburetor.

I am a huge racing fan always have been, so I am sure I will turn the race on if I am at home, but I dont think I will plan around the races anymore, Like I had done the past 43 years. (I missed very few races throughout that time)
 

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Yea Schmoopy. Many points I agree with. The car number moving was just plain stupid like you stated. Cars look more and more like a Class that belongs in IMSA. Richard Petty's organization has been purchased by this Gallagher fella and Petty is still involved in racing but mostly as a figure-head. When he dies, my final participation with the sport will probably be like yours.

Racing has a whole has fallen under alot of corporate bullshit. Even series like F-1, IndyCar, NHRA are being controlled by people who really don't understand racing at its core and the people who ritually follow it. I have been watching NASCAR since 1962. The other series not too long thereafter. So as I get older and see the old guard that made those series die off, I am inclined to go the same path. So yea, I hear ya!
 

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After watching a segment of Dale Earnhardt's Dirty Mo podcast, the Next Gen car is presenting some real problems that will continue to be addressed going forward into the season. One major problem is how to cool the interior of this car which apparently traps interior hot air too much.

The new cars run very hot and the drivers are burning-up inside as Austin Dillon put it. So cooler air-flow systems to keep the driver comfie is the major focus right now. That and the car doesn't draft very well in the bump-draft.

We shall see how this all plays out.
 
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