There is no question about the disappointment of the fans after this year’s Daytona 500. Fans are blaming the drivers and the drivers are blaming the car. Bottom line is that, the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Generation Six car is the common denominator.
Fans blame the drivers lack of willingness to race hard and make passes for the boring Daytona 500 while the drivers blame the lack of equipment needed for the new Gen-6 car as the reason they didn’t get racy.
NASCAR has plans to meet with the Sprint Cup Series teams and their drivers in the coming weeks to discuss whether or not changes need to be made to the new Sprint Cup Series car before the next super-speedway race at Talladega.
“A lot of people have opinions. The racing was as old school as it gets. If there’s some things we’re encouraged to look at, we will. Once you get a race under your belt, even as a competitor, you would work on things once you got a race of that length under your belt.” Robin Pemberton said. “Some of the stuff we were told is they could run 10 to 20 laps on the bottom, and then it went away on them,” Pemberton said. “It was in short spurts. We know that’s something they need.”
Pemberton is accurate when he says the Daytona 500 was old school. There was no tandem racing and it was the first time NASCAR has seen a traditional drafting pack with the true stock car on the track. However, when a race is mostly single file racing with little to no passing, there can be room for improvement. ESPN writes that seventy-five percent of the race was single file racing.
Hopefully NASCAR and teams can figure out a way that will give the drivers the chance to pass so the racing gets better at super-speedways.