NASCAR to test modifications to Sprint Cup car at Charlotte Motor Speedway

jutter@charlotteobserver.comOctober 4, 2013 

— NASCAR can alter the rules all it wants, but Jamie McMurray is certain track position will always hold a key to success.

“I don’t think they’re ever going to get any type of a race car that to be in the back is going to benefit you,” McMurray said Friday at Kansas Speedway.

McMurray is one of the participants of an upcoming test Oct. 14 at Charlotte Motor Speedway that will be used to try out possible modifications to the current Cup car aerodynamic package for 2014.

“I haven’t seen everything, but until you go try the stuff on the track, it’s hard to give your opinion,” he said. “As a driver, we all have ideas, but 99 percent of them aren’t any good – they are just our opinion.

“After the test I would probably have a much better idea of what I think they should implement and what would make the racing better. I don’t really think the racing is that bad now.”

Drivers continue to complain about the difficulty in passing, even with the debut of a new Sprint Cup Series car design this season.

“When you watch any form of racing on TV, whether it’s open wheel or stock cars, anything or even motorcycle racing on the super cross, if the guy gets a good start then it’s hard to catch him,” McMurray said. “Track position is always going to be important.”

A larger rear spoiler and different-sized wickers – small, flat tabs typically aligned at right angles on the roof – will be among the ideas tested at Charlotte.

Diversity candidates announced for combine

NASCAR and Rev Racing have selected the participants for the 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity combine.

They include: Devon Amos of Rio Rancho, N.M.; Annabeth Barnes of Mooresville; George Beasley of Las Vegas; Nicole Behar of Otis Orchards, Wash.; Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif.; Collin Cabre of Thonotosassa, Fla.; Megan Creech of Ashland, Va.; sisters Claire and Paige Decker and cousin Natalie Decker, all of Eagle River, Wis.; and Ruben Garcia of Mexico City.

Also invited to the Oct. 21-23 combine at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.: Blake Kisner of Chanute, Kan.; Katlynn Leer of St. Moulton, Iowa; Jack Madrid of San Clemente, Calif.; Hannah Newhouse of Twin Falls, Idaho; Sergio Pena of Catharpin, Va.; Dylan Smith of Randolph, Vt.; Kenny Stewart II of Carson, Calif.; Cody Thompson of Fremont, Calif.; and Sam Wright of Vancouver, Wash.

NASCAR Night at zMax Dragway

On Tuesday night, zMax Dragway will come to life when NASCAR team members race their personal vehicles down the Charlotte dragstrip for NASCAR Night. With a $5 donation to Speedway Children’s Charities, fans can watch the high-speed fun. Aside from team member races, Cup Series driver Kurt Busch also will take a ride.

Induction tickets on sale

Tickets for the 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction ceremony go on sale Tuesday. Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty and Fireball Roberts will be honored during the ceremony set for Jan. 29, 2014.

Ticket prices range from $45 for general induction ceremony seats to $350 for an exclusive driver dinner package. For more information, call 800-745-3000.

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