Wednesday, June 30, 2010

NASCAR Nationwide COT on track at Daytona: Ford and Dodge are a hit while Chevrolet and Toyota are huge disappointments.

Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway, some of the NASCAR Nationwide Series teams took to the race track in practice in preparations for this Friday night’s Nationwide Series race. This is the first time that the new Nationwide Series COT (I call it the Car of Tomorrow just like the Cup Series COT) has hit the track for a real practice (session) and Friday night will be the first race for this new car.

I have to admit that in the beginning, I had my doubts, but after really looking at these cars and looking at what the Cup Series COT does for teams, not to mention safety, for the most part, I like what I see.

I have to hand it to Ford for bring the Ford Mustang on board in NASCAR and to Dodge for bring the Dodge Challenger, both pony cars look a lot closer to what the street car is, namely what the consumer can buy in the showroom today.

However in every party, there always has to be a few people or in this case, two car manufacturers that don’t want to give what the fans want and that would be Chevrolet and Toyota. Now I have to admit that while Toyota isn’t a surprise that they brought the standard Toyota Camry to Daytona as maybe the only car they could have used is the Scion tC, Chevrolet is an entirely different story.

I’m sorry Chevrolet, but I don’t accept your reasoning why you don’t want to use the Chevrolet Camaro in the Nationwide series and possibly in the Cup Series in the future. I mean there had to have been something you could have brought besides the boring and terrible looking Chevrolet Impala SS in this format. Both Car manufacturers have slapped NASCAR fans in the face with ring the Camry and Impala SS to the party.

And considering Dale Earnhardt Jr. is racing the #3 Wrangler Jean Chevrolet in honor of his father Dale Earnhardt in a one-time deal, this doesn’t work period. Of course I will say despite Chevrolet running the impala SS, I’m still excited about seeing Dale Jr. race these Wrangler colors on Friday, that looks cool.

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