CONCORD, NC (WBTV) – Thursday was supposed to mark the start of testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but due to the rain and cold temperatures was delayed until today.
The dryers hit the track early this morning and finished just after 12:30pm. Due to the delay, testing has been extended until 7:30 tonight.
While waiting on the pavement to dry, crews and drivers got a chance to use NASCAR's laser inspection system. The system will officially debut in 2013, but was available to try out at a couple of tracks last year. It uses lasers to scan different points of the car, a more efficient way of working out kinks.
Jeff Burton, driver for Richard Childress Racing, said NASCAR has got to step up the action to compete with other sporting events to keep fans interested. He believes the solution is getting cars closer together, and with the help of the brand new Gen 6 cars, this might be a possibility.
Burton went on to say that the cars allow the driver more grip and therefore the ability to make more exciting moves while maintaining more control. He warns that it will not guarantee an exciting race every time, but more of an opportunity for one.
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