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NASCAR Mailbox: How Will Ray Evernham’s Absence Impact SRX?

With Ray Evernham not being involved with SRX anymore, how will that impact how the series does in year two? – Reggie J., Madison, Wis.

It was a bit of a surprise to see Evernham’s tweet announcing his decreased involvement.

SRX’s inaugural season was widely received with positivity, citing shorter races, set start times, oldies but goodies with stars from motorsports around the world with a mix of local racers in to boot.

 

The star power that comes with NASCAR Hall of Famer Evernham likely helped SRX’s initial growth on television, digital and social platforms. And it sure didn’t hurt the initial driver recruitment. When you get a call from Ray Evernham, you answer it.

But now that the series has established roots, I doubt Evernham’s absence will be noticeable. No, racing hasn’t happened and won’t until the middle of this summer, but all signs point to another successful season.

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The drivers keep coming in. The tracks are already set. The promotion of the events seem to be generating proper buzz on social media. SRX may be the series Evernham built, but now he’s able to sit back, relax and watch the fruits of his labor pay off.

How important is it for Richmond Raceway to have an entertaining on-track product this Sunday? – Dave P., Manassas, Va.

Very. The Next Gen car has proven to be what NASCAR promised: a driver’s racecar. At least so far. And Richmond has been one of those tracks that has been — let’s just say it — extremely underwhelming.

But recent races at Auto Club Speedway and Circuit of the Americas, which both had elements of unpredictability with the new car, have turned out to be pretty good. Richmond is primed to be the next in what everyone hopes is a growing list of tracks that will see the racing improve after years of lackluster action.

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Seeing champions and the best in the business spin out on their own means we should probably see more of that at Richmond. Add the 670-horsepower package to the new car on a short track, the first real one this season (sorry, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum), and there could be a pretty good recipe for success.

Plus, the composite bodies will allow for more contact, beating and banging, according to multiple drivers, including Christopher Bell on this week’s Frontstretch Podcast. The race is still a bit too long. And more cautions may make that length even longer.

But I’ll gladly take a more competitive on-track product with more side-by-side racing, contact, restarts, etc. for an extra 30-45 minutes. The bar for improvement at Richmond is relatively low, but it’s primed to be exceeded this weekend.

About the author

Davey is in his fifth season with Frontstretch and currently serves as a multimedia editor and reporter. He authors the "NASCAR Mailbox" column, spearheads the site's video content and hosts the Frontstretch Podcast weekly. He's covered the K&N Pro Series and ARCA extensively for NASCAR.com and currently serves as an associate producer for SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and production assistant for NBC Sports Washington. Follow him on Twitter @DaveyCenter.

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DoninAjax

entertaining on-track product”

Please note that he didn’t say “race”!!!!!!! It would just be another example of Brian’s “product.” And that is how the networks televise it.

Rusty

They are turning it over to the best person that they can trust and knows every aspect of racing

Tony Geinzer

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, and I don’t like Ray Evernham turning over the keys to the SRX Car. Beyond this year, we might be wanting a Truer IROC Revival and an IROC Qualifier (IE, A Racing Equal to Q School Just to Make the Series.)

Bill B

How Will Ray Evernham’s Absence Impact SRX?

positively?

Terry Garvin

The main question unanswered by this article is why did Ray Evernham leave? Was it road fatigue or disagreement with direction? Hawk is a super competent man, and I attended a couple of races last year and watched the balance on tv and enjoyed it…

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