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2014 Season Important in Many Ways for NASCAR Fans

January 2nd, 2014 at 9:30 AM
By Clayton Caldwell

2014 is here and in many ways it marks the beginning to many things and the end to others. In NASCAR, it's amazing how much changes from year to year and as we creep ever so slowly to the beginning of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season many things will be different in 2014 than they were in 2013. 

First off there are many new drivers in new places, which is not different from any other season. Everyone anticipates the start of Speedweeks to see what ones' car will look like or how a driver will look in a new racing suit or how their new team will gel in the first few races of the season. 

Then there is also the question of how the cars will run. Each year fans, drivers, teams and media members alike analyze the style of racing, the race cars and how the whole season will look. A lot of guessing and a lot of interesting predictions occur during the first few weeks of the season and in 2014 that will be no different. 

If you go back to the beginning of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series many people felt it was one of the most important seasons in NASCAR history. As NASCAR debuted the new Generation Six racecar, where many teams built brand new racecars and the manufacturers spent a lot of money on research and development for this new car. Plus with ratings and attendance on the decline many thought that some fans were hanging on by a thread. A strong 2013 season could bring those fans back and make all fans extremely excited about the future of the sport. 

Things did not go as planned for NASCAR though as 2013 was another season with so-so racing and many tracks announced their plans to reduce the number of seats in their facility. It wasn't the dream season everyone had hoped for and NASCAR announced towards the end of the 2013 season that they planned to make some changes to the Gen-6 racecar to make it more 'racey.' 

'Pre Race' photo (c) 2013, Raniel Diaz - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
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After several ideas toyed around NASCAR has decided to make some minor chassis changes to the car prior to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Changes to rear bumper, the front splitter, rear spoiler and radiator pan have all been put into place to try and improve the product of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 

NASCAR's goal in the changes was to try and improve the product but not hurt the teams too badly financially. With the changes made to the car in 2014, NASCAR has accomplished the latter of the two. That's a good thing for NASCAR but the most important thing is for the changes to make significant change to the racing. 

If it does not do that then NASCAR is in for a big problem and could make some more changes prior to the 2015 season. Those may not be as inexpensive as the ones they made in 2014 and that could mean a huge deal to many NASCAR teams in the sport. It could be a very interesting year in the Sprint Cup Series in 2014. 

Tags: Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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