NASCAR Drivers Who Will Benefit Most from New Gen-6 Cars in 2013

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NASCAR Drivers Who Will Benefit Most from New Gen-6 Cars in 2013
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NASCAR has unleashed a new car on its drivers and fans (called Generation 6, or Gen-6 for short) and it's bound to shake up the race for the chase in 2013.

The Gen-6 car offers several changes and improvements over the now-old COT that the circuit has been using since 2007. Among them are its lighter weight and increased down force. The overall effect should be greater handling and potentially higher speeds.

As with any major change to an automobile however, who benefits and who loses are dependent mostly on two major factors: driving style and adaptability. An aggressive driver, for example, should be able to parlay the added grip into bolder moves and higher finishes. Also, a crew chief/team that is able to get a firm grasp on the new car quickly will be able to set up the car for his driver, while others are still "swinging for the fences."

With those things especially in mind, who fits the bill? Who will benefit most from the Gen-6 car in 2013?

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