What's new with NASCAR? No more than there absolutely has to be, chairman and CEO Brian France said Monday.
"Change is good to a certain point," France said, "but we've had all the change we think the sport can stand and needs. There comes a point where you need to slow that down. That's where we are."
France said he and stock-car racing's other top officials are "getting back to the basics" by focusing more on what's happening on the track and less on things like rules changes and business trends.
"The economy is what the economy is," he said, speaking about the economy of his sport and that of the nation, each of which might offer significant changes during the coming season. "Will it have some impact on us? Of course it is. But what we're worried about is how good the racing is on the track.
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"That's what we're going to be talking about in our meetings. We're talking about going back to the basics: Is the car producing the best racing in the world? That's what you're going to be hearing from us."
That was France's mantra as the annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Lowe's Motor Speedway visited the research and development center.
The facility near Concord's airport has become a traditional first-day stop, and it is there where the Chase for the Cup championship format and other major changes have been announced and discussed in recent years.
Not this time.
Helton said he feels NASCAR needs to explain to longtime fans "that this is still the NASCAR you fell in love with" and allow them to accept all of the most recent changes.
"We want the storylines of the sport to be the focus," France said. "If we do that, we will be successful."