NASCAR Accused of “Not Allowing Teams to Compete” With Change to “Old-School” Component in Next Gen Car

Published 11/27/2022, 7:00 AM EST
Jun 26, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) during a pit stop during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this year, NASCAR introduced the Next Gen car, along with a host of changes. One of them was the switch from five-lug nuts to single-lug nuts. Unfortunately, the changes did not find many takers and fans poured their emotions through their social media accounts. Considering that there have been multiple loose-wheel incidents throughout the year, many fans felt vindicated.

Recently, NASCAR on NBC’s Twitter account compared the pit stops of the Cup and Xfinity Series. This was because the Xfinity cars still use five-lug nuts. Naturally, the Cup cars registered a much quicker pit stop, yet the fans remained unconvinced about the feasibility of a one-lug nut. The video compared the pit stops of newly crowned champion Joey Logano and Xfinity Series champion Ty Gibbs.

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How did NASCAR fans react to the Cup and Xfinity pit stop comparison?

There were plenty of negative reactions from both ends of the spectrum. Many believed that downgrading to a single-lug nut was taking away the spirit of competition. In essence, the teams were not being encouraged to compete with one another. Others insist that the presence of more lug-nuts helps promote more teamwork. However, a few others also pointed out the drawback of a one-lug nut. It could be an enormous problem if it got stuck during the pit stops, they argued.

Fans even pointed out that there were very few loose wheel issues with the Xfinity cars. Some even acknowledged that it may be less stressful for the pit crew, but they preferred the five-lug nut system. Interestingly, there were people who defended the single-lug nut system. According to them, the example from the Xfinity Series was not exactly the best one to compare with Logano’s stop.

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The consensus was that the #54 team encountered a few issues. So it was not a fair representation of the average five-lug nut pit stop. A lot of the critics even pointed out that the race to be the fastest in the pits could lead to the tires literally falling off.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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