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NASCAR severely curtailed and occasionally banned the on-track bump-n-grind because it didn't want drivers taking each other out and compromising the spectacle of good racing. At the same time, drivers were being fined and reprimanded for colorful outbursts and language. The aim was to keep the racing clean and the sponsors happy, but while it might have worked for the corporate backers, the fans, the drivers and the racing were all suffering.

That was so 2009. In 2010 drivers won't have to be "robotic sponsor shills too frightened to make waves," and trading paint is back on the menu. Said the series' VP of competition, when it comes to bumping the overseers "will put it back in the hands of drivers, and we will say 'Boys, have at it and have a good time,'" and drivers will be allowed a greater degree of personal expression. The new, looser NASCAR just wants competitors to keep things "within reason," and we have a feeling drivers will be exploring those boundaries pretty quickly.

The cars are also coming in for revisions, with a rear spoiler setup eventually replacing the current rear wing. The goal is to improve downforce and the look of the car. Will all of this improve the racing? It can't hurt, because when it comes to NASCAR, how can you even call it racing if there's no rubbing?

[Source: ESPN | Image: Streeter Lecka/Getty]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad NASCAR is concerned about improving the look of the cars. Hopefully that means we'll see more chrome, spinners and running boards.

      I can imagine a car being sponsored by Pep Boys and JC Whitney. They could just load up the cars with accessories with the prices printed on them like a 180 mph mailer!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Circle Jerks......
      • 5 Years Ago
      im so sick of you so called race fans who look down your noses at nascar because its the normally race on ovals. i like almost any kind of racing especially nascar because of the on track racing action. in most F1 races the action is minimal. the action is listening to the announcers talk about laptimes.

      long story short if you like racing (i mean really like racing) you will like nascar

        • 5 Years Ago
        i have no clue how you dont think that nascar has on track racing. but im sure you think that F1 has amazing racing. when its uncommon that they even finish with in the same couple of seconds of each-other and yes the tech my be old but its far from simple. a open wheel wheel race car has a very simple design also so im not sure where you get off on that.

        just keep on that band wagon and hate nascar because your better than those imbeds who like it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Correct me if I'm wrong... but are all three of those cars that spun out all Toyota decaled?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The yellow one on the bottom and the red/yellow one on top have the toyota stickers,the white on is chevy and i don't know what black one is.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Photo should read, "OOHHHHHHH! Somebody gon get dey ass whuped"
      • 5 Years Ago
      BTCC without the B or the T.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Juan Pablo will be happy!
      • 5 Years Ago
      now we can go back to racing. plus autoblog you shoulda used the sprint cup wreck at the pepsi400 that happened with less then 20 laps too go because of denny hamlin instead of this nation wide race.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I still think the most shocking "big-one" wreck ever was the Nationwide series in 2002 (I think?) where Johnny Sauter actually ended up upside-down in the midst of it... and the result was that there were only 3 cars left on the lead-lap... one of whom had intended to only run a few laps and park the car... but he kept racing and wound up in third.
        • 5 Years Ago
        damn never saw it only started watching races a year or 2 later
      • 5 Years Ago
      Having Nascar drivers play nice makes as much sense as telling WWE wrestlers not to hit each other.

      Oh Wait. Nascar is the automotive version of WWE. What was I thinking??
      • 5 Years Ago
      For all those posting condescending remarks about the NASCAR audience, it's reach and demographic:

      NASCAR is the No. 1 spectator sport - holding 17 of the top 20 highest attended sporting events in the U.S., and is the No. 2 rated regular-season sport on television. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 150 countries and in 20 languages. NASCAR fans are the most brand loyal in all of sports, and as a result more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport.

      NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, and one local grassroots series, as well as two international series. Also part of NASCAR is Grand-Am Road Racing, known for its competition on road courses with multiple classes of cars. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. Based in Daytona Beach (Fla.), NASCAR has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Charlotte (N.C.), Concord (N.C.), Conover (N.C.), Bentonville (Ark.), Mexico City, and Toronto.

      Wow, a dumb redneck sport that has a following in 150 countries around the world. Every NASCAR thread sure brings out the idiots who know nothing about it, but yet want to show others how much better than NASCAR fans they believe themselves to be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fake sports is fake sports. If I want to see violence and drama, I'd watch "Wrestling." If I want to watch actual racing, with skill and technology, I'm sure as hell not going to watch NASCAR.

      Frankly, given the amazing racing and talent all over the world now, NASCAR is an embarrassment to America.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe NASCAR is counting all the TV viewers as well. Or maybe they are counting the crowds at the Nationwide series and the truck series too. Or maybe the statement was that racing in gerneral is America's largest spectator sport, which would be true. Does anyone have an exact quote form them on this?
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