During Speedweek NASCAR President Steve Phelps said they are planning to get the new NASCAR Gen 7 vehicle on the track for the 2020 season. Since its inception we have seen several new rules packages, big spoiler kits, small spoilers and the ever popular, current, 2020 package that just got tossed out at the end of last season. For the most part, NASCAR has been pretty consistent with how they like their vehicles and have allowed teams to customize the look for better results. That trend is expected to continue for the future.
With the current rules and design changes the current NASCAR team is expected to make, we can expect a much higher level of speed on the race track and some radical changes in driver behavior on the track. As a fan I think it's exciting that teams are still trying to find the best ways to push the envelope and improve the racing experience. I also think it's exciting to see the new graphics that the NASCAR teams will be using. It's an interesting mix of old and new and looks great. I'm sure they will do it again in the future to try to attract more viewers.
Another way NASCAR is making changes to the racing experience is with the new video boards on race tracks. These new boards are built for speed and are designed to display all the statistics and races you want to watch without distracting your view or creating a distraction for drivers. It's also a good idea that the videos are broadcast live to give fans something to watch during the race without worrying about what they missed.
As far as driver behavior on the track goes, I'm sure they will continue to be aggressive on the throttle and brake pad. I think the new rule changes have helped drivers to gain some confidence as they gain more experience. The new graphics also have helped drivers to communicate well. In other words, you don't want to let them know you have a better car, you want them to know you are on top of your game. This may help the teams to find ways to close out races and keep the momentum going.
One of the new rules, that is also causing a stir is the “no contact” rule. There were some concerns about this rule when it was first introduced but after the first couple of races, many drivers have realized that it actually has helped the sport. Drivers on the track aren't getting into collisions and they are learning more from each race and gaining more confidence. There has also been talk that the rule might be expanded in the future.
If you are looking forward to the new NASCAR gen 7 racing series, I think it's exciting to see what the teams will come up with. I'm not surprised if NASCAR will add more changes in the future because they seem to always be willing to make the necessary adjustments to keep the sport a fast paced, exciting event to watch.