The first practice for SpeedWeeks at Daytona International Speedway is February 15 and NASCAR will debut the new Gen-6 race car. NASCAR chairman Brian France said he is quite satisfied with the car after being put through various test the past two months. The Gen-6 car was manufacture to look more like cars you see on the showroom floor from different car manufactures. The car is designed to help mostly at intermediate tracks where passing was difficult with tighter and closer competition. The true test for the new car will come at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the first 1.5 mile track on the NASCAR schedule.

One person is not sure the new Gen-6 car will fix NASCAR’s problems. Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith thinks the only way to improve the racing is to slow the cars down. However, France thinks the new car is the a positive step forward for NASCAR to assure the closest and most competitive racing in the world will continue to grow. Another addition to NASCAR this year is new track-drying system to reduce drying time. It uses compressed air and heat and will cut drying time down from two and a half hours at Daytona to just 30 minutes.