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Next Generation NASCAR Nationwide Car: Challenges and Changes

Photo credit:  Sandra MacWatters The next generation of the NASCAR Nationwide car represents the biggest change to the car during the past 20 years.  Testing of 32 cars representing 25 car Nos. is being held at Daytona International Speedway on May 18th and 19th. The "new car" is scheduled to race July 2nd at the Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona. The car is also scheduled to race at Michigan in August, Richmond in September, and Charlotte in October. It is basically a version of the NASCAR Sprint Cup COT that was mandated full-time in 2008. With the economy floundering and sponsorship issues becoming bountiful, this change is costly for the Nationwide teams. The safety elements are the main considerations for the new generation car....

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