Behind the scenes, NASCAR was working hard on a new car that would replace the “Car of Tomorrow” after six years, and hopefully improve the on-track product. It was welcome news to Earnhardt, who won 17 races in the “old” car but only two after the CoT was introduced during the 2007 season.
“I struggled with the old car,” he said. “I think the rest of the car is definitely a step back toward the old, original car we used to have. I think that’s going to benefit me in certain areas. The car is really exciting. I’m looking forward to it.”