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No Gordon anymore. Stewart is about to retire. Jimmie Johnson can't race forever either (but he has been going 15 years, and still strong). Same can be said for Earnhardt Jr.
Opens a huge conversation as to who will be the next 3 or 4 dominate racers for Nascar over the next decade or two, or if it will be a long transition time for the sport, where no one small group dominates, and just a bunch of promising newcomers keep winning randomly?
You got fairly new legit contenders like Hamlin, Harvick and Logano. And then a slew of rookies moving up from XFINITY, like Erik Jones, Cole Buster, Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemecheck, Tyler Reddick, and a lot more really. Long list.
That mixed with the new rule changes for NASCAR, basically making holding a lead a much more difficult thing, by way of changing how the cars' aerodynamics and maneuvering operates.
The NASCAR we have known and enjoyed for so many years is in the process of a massive overhaul. Or facelift. And the faces of the sport are certainly going to be completely different.
How do you see the future of Nascar going from here? It's been crazy popular for it's large niche audience over the last 2 decades. But do you think with all these changes it can push into the likes of the big 3 (NFL, NBA, MLB) for popularity?