Tony Stewart: “If it changes at the same rate, we won’t even recognize it from when I started.”
NASCAR has changed drastically in a very short time span. The entire points format has been swapped, multiple times. If you go back another ten years, a bulk of the short tracks were replaced with high-speed intermediate speedways with progressive banking.
In the 90’s, NASCAR had a leader in Dale Earnhardt. Fast forward to 2018, everybody in the garage area has a voice.
Since Tony Stewart joined the sport in 1999. 49 victories later, the sport looks very different than when he climbed into the Joe Gibbs Racing #20 machine.
There’s a drivers’ council, a race team alliance and Denny Hamlin’s secret council that all have a voice directly to the executive offices of the sport. Even the fans have a place to do the same with the NASCAR fan council.