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Friday Faceoff: Does NASCAR Need to Race in Europe?

Jenson Button, driver of the #24 NASCAR Next Gen Chevrolet ZL1 drives ahead of the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the Circuit de la Sarthe June 7, 2023 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Does NASCAR need to race in Europe? And with how poor the Next Gen car is on short tracks, do we even want Nashville Fairgrounds anymore?

Stat Sheet: Year 1 of Next Gen Increased Parity Out Front, But Not the Case in Year 2

Sonoma Raceway, NASCAR Cup Series, 2023

Photo: Danny Peters

A new car threw everyone for a loop, and 2022 was one of the most competitive Cup seasons on record; 2023 is looking like a return to normalcy.