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    Thursday
    Mar222007

    Tomorrow Has Arrived!!!

    NASCAR rolls out its cookie-cutter cars this weekend for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with the long-ballyhooed and long-dreaded "Car of Tomorrow". So what exactly is the Car of Tomorrow, and why are they doing this to us? Click here for some of the common specs that the four manufacturers--Chevy, Ford, Dodge, and Toyota--will contend with when they wipe the blackboard clean and Toyota COT.jpgstart all over with aero packages and chassis set-ups for the first of 16 C.O.T. Races this season. I'm going to hold my breath and hope this doesn't turn into one gigantic I.R.O.C. race, but if the intent is to level the playing field I think NASCAR is blowing up the wrong tire. (That was supposed to be a racing analogy to "barking up the wrong tree", meaning they're on the wrong track, which can be construed as another racing analogy...oh, forget it, you know what I mean.) I think the teams that are struggling early (especially the Toyotas) will initially catch a break with the Car of Tomorrow, but in the long run the teams with the buku resources--Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway--will have the resources dedicate to getting the upper car.of.tomorrow.384.jpghand as quickly as possible. It's the little guys--the Bill Davises, the Robby Gordons, the single and double car teams--that will probably feel the pinch the hardest. If the intention is to promote safety and improve performance, as NASCAR says it is, then I say "bring it on"! In any event, somebody better turn the Whine Meter down this week, because the drivers are sure to be crying a little more than usual before the green flag falls!

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