France: NASCAR To Apply Brakes To Chase Change
Brian France kicked off the annual NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour on Monday by talking about change. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Touting NASCAR’s march towards innovation while balancing that with the cost and the benefits to the individual teams and to the sport, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said the rules for the cars would always evolve, but there would be no change this year to the Chase format.
“It (Chase format) is overwhelmingly popular with the most important stakeholder – our fans,” France said on the opening day of the annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom. “The research and data that we’ve gotten in over the winter not only suggests that, it determines that loud and clear. They liked the fact it tightened up competition. They liked the drama down the stretch. They liked the emphasis on winning. And one of the things that they told us they really liked is the idea that we weren’t going to change anything. They strongly suggested that we didn’t, and we’re not going to.”
It’s different, however, when it comes to developing the rules for the race cars. In fact, France noted that developing the rules package was the sanctioning body’s most difficult job because of balancing safety with cost and numerous ideas, agendas and opinions.
“We try not to do too many in-season tweaks to any rules package because of safety and cost,” France said. “(However) there is no final (rules package). It will always evolve. The reason for that is because the teams are always trying to gain an advantage. Our job is to make sure the playing field is level and more teams have a good shot at competing at a high level. Giving that it always changes, that means we have to change, too. Circumstances change. Tires change, tracks wear down differently and we change tracks from time-to-time. So Read the full story »