When new NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski accepted his award in last week's Sprint Cup Series Awards at the Wynn Las Vegas, he delivered a gracious, off-the-cuff speech that implored the sport to continue pushing forward its on-track product in 2013.
Included in those comments were an affirmation of faith in the powers that be. "I hope as a sport we can continue to find common ground to unify," Keselowski said. "We have some of the smartest people that can solve any problem."
The negative of Keselowski's statement, however, is that NASCAR does still face problems outside of declining attendance, TV viewership and sponsorship participation. In fact, many of the sport's biggest issues still lie with its on-track product, which has suffered somewhat in the Chase era across all three of its national series.
While 2012 produced three compelling championship finishes and eventually climbed out of the caution-free rut that marred the early parts of the season, there are still improvements to be made.
The end of the top 35 rule is a step forward, while a new car and the return of testing to develop it should provide for exciting Sprint Cup racing.
With that in mind, however, here are five more rules that could make the on-track product even better at all three national levels in 2013.