Big changes this year ... but I'll start with one that is off the track. NASCAR Race Hub on FS1. Race Hub has moved to a new studio. A green screen. Some times I wish I didn't know. The floor and backgrounds do not exist in the room where the hosts and guests interact. The software is doing a good job of making the angles look natural ... but don't expect anyone to be wearing green. #1 on track change ... don't cheat. I hate the term cheating when applied to NASCAR. I prefer "rules violation". I also get annoyed when people talk about teams "breaking the law" when they violate rules. The rules are not laws. At worst the teams would be guilty of a contract violation - violating their contract with NASCAR where they agreed to follow the rules - not violating a law. Pushing the limits is an important part of the sport. The focus is on pushing the limits of human skill and endurance along with engineering vehicles that can perform better than any other vehicle on the track and working strategies that outwit other teams. Unfortunately some see "pushing the limits" as "cheating" and use the derogatory word. I would not say that a person driving 60 in a 55 MPH zone on a public highway was cheating. I would say that they were breaking a rule (in that case, a law). "Cheating" should be reserved for the worst cases of blatant violations - losing three lug nuts is not cheating. That being said, if the teams are found to be in violation of the rules after the end of the race they don't win. Violators are disqualified. Last place points and money for any violators, including stage points. And this year's twist is everyone moves up to fill the disqualified positions. Including awarding race wins, stage wins and all the points. The good news that ("except in rare instances") that disqualification will not happen on Wednesday. The stupidity of waiting until Wednesday to see if the winner gets to keep their win will end this year. NASCAR will tech three cars (1st, 2nd and a random car) immediately following the race and declare an official winner and finishing order within 90 minutes. (An exception would be if a problem is found in an engine. In that case the penalties would be handed out later.) #2 Pass inspection and qualify No more crew suspensions. Which were becoming pointless since the suspended person could still work on the car prior to its arrival at the track and could still advise and make decisions relating to how the car was running. Now there will be a start at the back with a pass through penalty at the end of lap 1. I would have started cars at the back and held them for a lap (one lap down) but the pass through is a step in the right direction. #3 New aero package Everyone seemed to love it at last year's All Star race. Hopefully it will improve the racing. I am tired of NASCAR "tightening up" the field. The chase was created to put the top 10 closer together. Adjustments have expanded that to 16 drivers (nearly half of the field) and made it impossible for a driver to walk away with a championship as easily as they did in years past. I didn't mind when the best drivers and teams could dominate. Winning a race with 2nd place a lap down or winning a championship the week before the final race does not bother me. It shows that driver and team are just that good. Now that is gone ... it is all about being in position and winning one specific race. The most excellent season means nothing of one of the other four cars crosses the line in front of the best driver of the season in the final race. I am glad that Joey won last year's championship ... but "the big three and me" turned in to the big three not winning. That sort of comeback would not have been so easy prior to the multi-round playoffs and certainly not possible before the chase. Is that good?