They are calling it ‘Stabilization mode’. Trying not to make a lot of changes this season since the sport got a lot of flack for rules changes throughout the year last season. Set the rules, start the season, try to get to the end without a lot of adjustments. Here are NASCAR.COM stories on changes: 2018 rules updates: 'Stabilization mode' entering new season | NASCAR.com On pit road, emphasis returns to the athletes | NASCAR.com Body changes to reduce downforce and reduce lift off speed for speedway cars. An interesting combination as the former reduces how much the cars are glued to the track and the later helps keep the cars from flying. (Unmentioned in the article, but I expect that the use of that gluey "sticky stuff" that NASCAR used to increase traction will continue or expand.) Expanding last year's Xfinity aero package for Indianapolis to Michigan and Pocano is a good idea. Incident Data Records will include crash cameras aimed at the drivers to see what happened to them in a wreck. Hopefully we have a safe season and this will not be an issue. Xfinity flange fit bodies and optional standardized engines for trucks. Moving closer to a kit car to keep costs down for teams. I am glad to see that the third party engine is optional. The closer NASCAR gets to kit cars the less interest there will be from manufacturers to develop cars for the sport. If the only difference between a Ford, Chevy and Toyota is the nose and decals it would be easier for Dodge to get back into the sport with a set of decals ... but how can one have manufacture rivalries with third party kits? The more NASCAR can keep the named manufactures in the game the better. I want to see if a Toyota built engine will blow up halfway through a race or outrun the other manufacturers. That is part of the rivalry. Pit road changes (less people over the wall, standardized pit guns): NASCAR will issue and reclaim guns and hoses (my new indi band?) for each race. No more innovation (although it puts the burden on NASCAR if there is a gun failure that affects the race). The gas man is the gas man ... no other work ... and the teams get to figure out how to maintain the car with four other people (although the extra person is allowed to service the driver ... so there will be six people over the wall if teams want to have a driver service person). The road crew will be limited per vehicle ... 12 engineers etc, plus 5 over the wall, plus three or four organizational people (owners and public relations not counted) based on the number of cars. That should help level the field between one and two car teams and the four car teams. No more unlimited swarms of people fixing a failed car behind the wall. The specific people assigned to the car have to maintain it. Team members will be identified by car and position which will make it easier for fans to follow the roles of all players and not just the drivers and crew chiefs. Violating the number of crew members will lead to ejecting the additional "man on the field" plus an additional person of NASCAR's choosing. Hawk-Eye will take over for the Laser Inspection System. Hopefully a fast process so cars can get through faster. Practice time penalties will be served at the end of practice (black flag, take the car to the garage and cover it up) instead of having cars sit on pit road. So ... "nothing has changed". Hopefully that will be the end of the changes. Set the rules, run the races. Things I do not want to see changed: All laps count - Please keep counting caution laps ... the races do not need to be extended. (Make the second stage five laps longer than the first stage if one wants a similar number of racing laps per stage.) Timed races - Run the races based on the published number of laps. Cut the race short only for weather, darkness or an accident or other delay that would add hours of red flag to the event. No "drive around for three hours then throw the white flag when 180 minutes have passed" type races. The race finish is the finishing order - No revisions to the finishing order after race day. If NASCAR cannot disqualify or penalize teams on race day don't come back and take away the win/positions days later. Continue the current practice of taking away enough points that the finish doesn't matter (including having encumbered finishes) but don't try to pretend that the finish fans saw didn't happen by changing the finishing order after race day.