NASCAR’s Highly Anticipated 2015 Season Is Set To Go Green

NASCAR’s Highly Anticipated 2015 Season Is Set To Go Green

by February 17, 2015 0 comments

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By: Tommy Dampier

With the 2015 NASCAR season just days away, teams and competitors are highly anticipating the events at Daytona International Speedway set to get underway this weekend.

For the first time ever, Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Qualifying presented by Kroger, which traditionally features single car qualifying, switched to the group qualifying format to determine the top two starting positions. Qualifying will set the fields for the Budweiser Duel at Daytona, two 150-mile qualifying races, whose results will determine the remainder of starting grid for the running of Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 22.

The Nextera Energy Resources 250, featuring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors will be held on Friday, February 20. The Alert Today Florida 300 XFINITY Series opener will take the starting command on Saturday, February 21. This is the first year that XFINITY has sponsored this series formerly known as the Nationwide Series.

The full week of racing activities comes to a crescendo on February 22, culminating in the 57th running of Daytona 500, NASCAR’s answer to the NFL’s Super Bowl. With the opening command, the Sprint Cup Series engines will fire once again getting the 2015 season underway.

Last season was a big year of successes for NASCAR in an on-going effort to make stock car racing more exciting for their legions of fans. The highly touted qualifying changes saw single car qualifying converting to the group design, widely applauded by competitors and fans alike.

However, the most broad, sweeping change came with the entire revamp of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point system. The season long competition now whittles down the 43 starting combatants to the final 16 warriors. Those left standing go on to fight it out play-off style in the last 10 races of the season. Knock-out rounds, where 12 will be eliminated, come after nine races in segments of three. The final four remaining rivals face off in the season ending Homestead finale, ultimately crowning the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, bringing the season to a close. The new elimination format was well received, and provided some of the fiercest battles seen in many years, both on and off the track.

The popular 2014 changes NASCAR implemented has the press corp, as well as the avid NASCAR fans chomping at the bit to see what NASCAR can do to top the well-deserved accolades from the previous season.

The upcoming NASCAR Season promises to be a year to remember. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors have a year under their belts sorting out the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup that has been wildly successful for fans as well as with those in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.

Daytona Rising at Daytona International Speedway is nearing completion and promises to be one of the best venues in sports when it comes to final fruition in 2016. Fans will experience a track experience that’s unprecedented.

The new rules changes for 2015 should enhance the quality of racing, bringing more symmetry to all of the teams competing for the coveted championship. The rules involving the rear spoiler, and the monitoring of the side wing should prove to be extremely interesting after causing so much controversy during 2014.

The new video policing will give officials unprecedented real time viewing of how the teams behave on the track, as well as on pit road, with visuals of every aspect of how pit stops are conducted, and the penalties if these procedures aren‘t followed.

These improvements should level the playing ground for all of the teams. The advances in technology for the upcoming season will surely give NASCAR, the drivers and teams a new perspective on how the sport has evolved to provide a more comprehensive, up close look at how the competition will be monitored.

The 2015 season is shaping up to be an interesting one that every race fan will surely benefit from as NASCAR strives to make the viewing experience the best in the history of the sport. Long time race fans are returning to the tracks now that the economy has improved. The tracks, drivers, teams and NASCAR are making every effort to bring the sport into the future by the use of social media and other savvy devices to give the fans an exciting new look at what racing has become today. New fans are being enticed to join the legion of fans that already participate in one of the most exciting sports in the world.

So, check with your favorite tracks to see what each one has in store to make this season’s racing the ultimate sporting experience.

Tommy Dampier

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