“Not Something I Want to Watch” – NASCAR Fans Rubbish the All-but Certain Storm of Electrification Over Stock Car Racing

Published 08/12/2022, 6:30 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on February 06, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

It was announced a few months ago that NASCAR will indeed return to the LA Coliseum for the season opener, the Clash. The inaugural event that started this year, was a huge success on all fronts.

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But for next year, NASCAR seems to be in a mood to push the envelope a bit further.

This is because according to ongoing speculation, the Clash could be the race where the sport introduced an all-electric race over the weekend, something they’ve also teased recently.

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Now, we know how aggressive and particular the fans are on this subject, which was also the case here as well, with most of them completely discarding the idea of an-electric race into the bin,

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NASCAR hasn’t shied away from showing its interest in electrification

In an interview from earlier this year, Steve O’Donnell candidly spoke about their interest in exploring the electric side of things when it comes to having racecars on track for racing action.

“We are exploring some opportunities around an exhibition series in that space,” O’Donnell said.

“As everyone knows, there’s a huge push across all of our partners, and even potentially new OEM partners. So it’s important for us to explore that space. I think there’s a lot of interest from our current partners to be part of that.”

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 08: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, leads during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 08, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

O’Donnell described that NASCAR is a place where, in ideal circumstances, they can be “all things to all people.”

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“If you went to a NASCAR event weekend, you could see whatever type of technologies you wanted throughout a race weekend,” he added.

In fact, official documents were leaked a few weeks ago that more or less confirmed NASCAR’s interest in having an all-electric race.

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So now, it’s only a matter of when the official announcement will come, and knowing the fans’ reaction, it’ll be interesting to see how they deal with the backlash.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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