2014 NASCAR SPRINT CUP
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he 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
season was one of the sanctioning body’s
most significant years in recent memory,
and not just because Jimmie Johnson
won his sixth championship. The new
Generation- 6 racecars debuted in ’ 13,
with the Chevrolet SS a star of the show.
Gen- 6 cars are lighter and have more
downforce than the cars they replaced,
which was reflected in the fact that they set
19 track qualifying records in 2013. The
drivers liked the cars and so did the fans.
On track, Chevrolet clinched its 11th
consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Manufacturers’ Championship, and a
record 37th overall, on the basis of
16 victories in 36 races for its SS.
With a totally new car for 2013, as
well as some very different Goodyear
Eagle racing radial tires, all the teams had
to scramble to try and get to the front,
which was no easy task. But Johnson,
crew chief Chad Knaus and the No. 48
Hendrick Motorsports team rose to the
challenge yet again and won another title.
“When I look back on the year, I think
The Gen- 6 Sprint Cup cars put on a great show in 2013, but that doesn’t
mean NASCAR, Chevrolet and its race track rivals will rest on their laurels.
Tweaking Gen- 6 for
the many 1.5-mile
speedways on the
Sprint Cup schedule
was a priority coming
in to 2014. (LEFT)
Here the cars test at
gather testing data.