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Daytona 500 2013: Assessing Impact of Gen-6 Cars After Season’s Opening Race

One race into the season and the effects of NASCAR’s shift to the Generation-6 race car are already being felt. The 2013 Daytona 500 was less than spectacular for much of the first 450 miles. Things got interesting towards the finish, but it seemed to be a little too late after a day of single-file driving.These new rides were pegged as more life-like, matching them more closely to the cars you and I drive every day. When the smoke cleared at the checkered flag, they ended up looking more like our cars on the highway, but with less passing. Drivers had problems passing because of a side draft created by the new model cars, resulting in the car slowing when attempting to do so. The reviews weren’t all negative, though, despite th...

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