NASCAR Nationwide Series: Welcoming the COT in 2011

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NASCAR Nationwide Series: Welcoming the COT in 2011
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It was NASCAR's mission to bring back make identity and character to each of the series' cars, making their start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. 

While Dodge changed their Charger to the Challenger, Ford brought the well-known Mustang to the grid. Though, as these changes occurred, Toyota kept their original Camry and Chevrolet kept the Impala. Each car, no matter if they were changed in make or not, exemplified an extreme difference in shape and build, resembling the box-like front end of the current Sprint Cup Series car. 

The new COT brought the safety up a notch as well. In each car, the driver now sits closer to the center, trying to create an invisible barrier for the driver from most driver's-side contact. The car also gives the driver much more head room and visibility to the track than the previous Nationwide Series car. 

After four runs this season- starting at Daytona, heading to Michigan, then Richmond, and ending their 2010 debut at Charlotte, the car will be put to full use on the 2011 Nationwide Series schedule. 

The debut gave fans a whole new look of their favorite cars out on the track, each now given their own personality to give fans the quick-look identity they use to have. In no particular order, let's recap the debut season each of them had.

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