• Jun 15, 2009
Whether or not you're a fan of NASCAR, the simple fact remains that none of the cars bear much resemblance to their factory counterparts, and it's not like the "Fusions" and "Chargers" are particularly sexy, either. So in an attempt to boost the series' viewers and souvenir sales, Fox Sports is reporting that Ford and Chrysler plan to introduce Mustang- and Challenger -bodied racers into the Nationwide series next year.

The new designs are due to be submitted for approval on June 26, and the 2010 NASCAR competitors are reportedly going to be visually closer to stock than anything we've seen since the new "aero-matched" cars began rolling out earlier this decade. Unfortunately, the new Mustang and Challenger cars will still be far removed from their stock siblings, and General Motors has apparently decided not to join its domestic rivals and produce a Camaro shell. Both GM and Toyota will reportedly run their current Impala and Camry bodies, respectively.

[Source: Fox Sports via Cars]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this will prolly work out very well, on account of the fact that this represents the meeting of 2 converging demographics. NASCAR (as much as it pains me greatly to say it) has become the iconic American racing series, and the pony cars are the iconic American sporting vehicles, and both of these things are virtually unique to America- and thus constitute part of the "American mystique." The fact is, your stereotypical NASCAR fan is buying pony cars; if you sold a Mustang with goofy NASCAR-style decals on the side, they would sell well in this country. So why not drop the phony pretense and give the fans what they want: a weekly bout for Muscle car bragging rights.

      Now since everyone is chiming in with how they'd reform NASCAR, I'll pitch in my 2 cents. I would revise the track to be more of a speedway track (see Fuji Speedway for example) which is a doable retrofit for ovals. I would also require the chassis to be homolgated, which would also contribute to development gains for the manufacturers (which would benefit consumers over time.) I'd also see if you could attract the Australians to the sport as well, seeing as cars like the FPV Falcons and Holden HSVs seem to indicate that they understand our taste in cheap muscle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It used to be win on Sunday, sell on Monday. I guess this is want to buy on Saturday, watch on Sunday?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If NASCAR would only build them similar to the Mercedes, Audi, Holden, Falcon in the WTCC series it would be okay. Those are real race cars and real racers with some great racing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Nascar ran real Mustangs, Camaros, and Challengers I'd watch every week. The last time I was interested in Nascar was when they ran T-Birds that looked like T-Birds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Google image search for "Challenger Nascar"

      A stupid as Nascar can be, the car looks pretty good
      • 5 Years Ago
      This cars will look crappy with NASCAR style bodies, why not to change it and prepare them with dtm style modifications.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Could be interesting as they are quite different out dimension. You might see one or the other outperform in that particular race style.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would like to see NASCAR race stock bodied cars with engines that are available in those cars. 8 cyl engines are not available in cars currently being raced.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ohh Great, now you HAVE to have a mullet if you plat to buy either one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        sea urchin, most of the things you say anger me, but, this time, you've made me laugh. thank you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly SE. Plus the cars are going to be in the Nationwide series. Woop de do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is my quote of the day. Perfect!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL. Even Sea Urchin has his moments. :-D
      • 5 Years Ago
      Abd this is not news at all, because last year those cars were suposed to race in the Nation Wide series, (Busch series). I insist, Nascar is losing fans and credability for many reasons.
      NASCAR = National STOCK cars,
      So what cars are thet racing, are they Stock? of course not ! do they look at least similar to the production cars of course not?
      What to say about their racing rules?? tHOSE ARE ALSO A FRAUD, they will make a car win, they will favor anybody who gives them money, like Toyota did, they will put a driver in the podium if they want to, they gamle with flags like they want to.

      Just hope the Trans Am series would be back, but please not with Nascar, or I would like to see SEVERAL MOPARS at SCCA, It was a joy and a ´leasure to see Pliver Baretta with Team ORECA racing those FABULOUS VIPERS !! So were the Stratus at the Super touring Series.
      Just hope the New Chrysler will not give a dollar to NASCAR, they should not spend their money there !!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh boy! New stickers! I bet it makes them faster.

      I'll stick with SCCA.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed. I seriously doubt we'll much beyond that. And underneath it all there will still be a bunch of yestertech that bears no resemblance to modern automobile technology.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chevrolet should follow suet. What could Toyota bring, The Scion tC?
        • 5 Years Ago
        What does beef fat have to do with anything?
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