Day Two of the NASCAR Media Tour is rolling. While there is no major breaking news to speak of at the moment, here are a few interesting tidbits:
- Clint Bowyer was asked about his feud with Jeff Gordon. He said that he wasn't surprised the way he acted during the Phoenix incident. When asked about whether or not he had talked to Gordon, he said that the incident was in the past.
- During the Michael Waltrip Racing news conference, Clint Bowyer was asked if he was worried about a second-place hangover. He said he wasn't concerned because he's used to having hangovers.
- NASCAR president Mike Helton and CEO Brian France took media questions Tuesday afternoon. One interesting topic revealed was NASCAR is looking to change the way it dries the track. NASCAR is looking at using air compressors instead of jet engines.
"We are going to be able to dry off Martinsville in 15 minutes," France said. Overall, the hope is to reduce the time it takes to dry the track by 80 percent.
COT VS. GENERATION 6
- France and Helton also spoke in length about the legacy of the Car of Tomorrow and the upcoming Generation 6 car. Both hope fans will enjoy how visual the new cars are and how similar they look to street cars. The hope is to make racing more exciting. They are also hoping to attract a fourth manufacturer.
- Speaking of the COT, France and Helton acknowledged that NASCAR "got away" from some things that worked well. They also said the COT improved safety, and with new technology helped save money. Helton said we "shouldn't stick a dagger" in the Generation 5 car and say we are glad it's gone.
- Kurt Busch also weighed in on the COT and Generation 6 car. In what he labeled as a Kurt Busch moment, Busch said NASCAR should have gone to the Generation 6 cars five or six years ago.
- Daytona Speedway president Joey Chitwood said they are hoping to renovate Daytona in the next five or six years. Click here for an artist's rendering.
MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING
- Mark Martin, known for his fitness, is designing a gym for Michael Waltrip Racing.
DECK LID SHORTAGE
- Lots of talk about a shortage of deck lids. More on that to come.