NASCAR Nationwide Series Muscle Cars Debut This Weekend in Daytona; Will Also Race at Richmond, Friday, September 10

New Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger; Sportier Chevrolet Impala & Toyota Camry Compete in Virginia 529 College Savings 250

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Brad Keselowski's Dodge Charger zips around Daytona International Speedway during a test session.


Following months of anticipation and plenty of toning, the muscle cars are ready to flex at Daytona International Speedway this Friday. The NASCAR Nationwide Series muscle cars (Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Camry) make their long-awaited debut in the first of four events the next generation cars will run this year—the third of which is at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, September 10, in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 “under the lights.” The new models will run full-time in 2011.

Other than the new and updated models, which are sure to catch the eyes of spectators, the main differences between the current NASCAR Nationwide Series car and the new car are the chassis and the body. The engine, drive-train, suspension and braking components will remain the same as the previous model.

With the inception of the next generation of the NASCAR Nationwide Series car, there are two major enhancements:


·          Cost Containment: The new car has a 110-inch wheel-base and a NASCAR-certified chassis, which is the same as the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. This will allow current NASCAR Nationwide Series components to be brought forward in an effort to contain costs.


·          Safety: The new car provides the same safety enhancements that are in place on the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car and will also make more bolt-on parts interchangeable.

Modifications to the car are illustrated by clicking here and include changes to:


·          Nose: the front of the car is wider than the current car; headlight area is more vertical, increasing the aerodynamic drag on the car; front bumper lines up with the rear bumper, lessening the severity of front to rear impacts.


·          Cockpit: wider and taller; the driver is moved closer to the center of the vehicle, allowing a larger safety distance from the outer skin of the car; drivers have more head room, larger side windows and a taller front window for vision.


·          Roof: the larger roof allows for larger roof flaps to control the car in the event of a spin.


·          Spoiler: a fixed 70-degree spoiler controls rear down force; extensions may be used to adjust aerodynamic balance.


·          Wheelbase: the new chassis increases from 105 inches to 110 inches.


·          Steel plating and energy absorbing foam: protects the driver from side impact.

The next generation NASCAR Nationwide Series car will race at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, September 10, in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race “under the lights.” Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-RACE (7223). Friday’s ticket includes Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday only.

The weekend concludes with “One Last Race to Make The Chase” on Saturday, September 11. Once the checkered flag flies, the field will be set for the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. This race traditionally features some of the most exciting racing on the schedule as drivers try to race their way in to The Chase. Saturday’s tickets start at $40 and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Doubleheader weekends, featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the new-for-2010 Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider .

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