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Toyota advantage probably result of hard work, discovery

The outcry of a Toyota advantage in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, specifically from Ford driver Brad Keselowski, reminds me of the days of at least one manufacturer’s camp always campaigning for aero changes because another manufacturer has an advantage. Back then, it seems like NASCAR was always taking cars to the wind tunnel and the different manufacturers ran different size spoilers and other aero rules also contained manufacturer-specific variances.

I don’t want to go back to those days. No, I’m not saying I want to go back to some COT (that dirty phrase — car of tomorrow) where all cars of all manufacture look the same, either. I think what we have now is a good thing.

Maybe Toyota has an advantage. If that’s the case, I think that advantage comes out of something the Toyota camp found that other teams haven’t discovered, yet. I don’t think it’s some kind of advantage Toyota was given by NASCAR. To me, that’s an indicator that the Ford and Chevy teams need to put their noses to the proverbial grindstone and figure out what Toyota has found or find something to run with it.

Maybe Chevy needs to lean on Chip Ganassi Racing for some speed. After all, Kyle Larson doesn’t seem to have a problem keeping up with the Toyotas. Just an observation.

It’s darn near impossible, if not impossible, to have complete equality among manufacturers. Besides, when one manufacturer’s teams find speed somewhere, should they be penalized for putting on their thinking caps and finding speed somewhere, within the rules? I don’t think so. I think that should be motivation for teams from the other two camps to dig for some more speed, themselves.

I don’t think the Toyota speed is all in that new nose. After all, Toyota’s flagship team, Joe Gibbs Racing got off to somewhat of a rocky start this season. Toyota has had that same nose all season. Sure, Martin Truex Jr. hit the ground running this year, but can we really base a theory of manufacturer advantage on a single driver? I don’t think so.

Even if the answer’s in the nose, Chevrolet’s getting a new nose next year. Heck, Chevy’s getting a whole new car in the Camaro. What’s to say that body won’t provide an aero advantage? Will Keselowski continue his rants but redirect it toward Chevrolet instead of Toyota?

Maybe Keselowski’s Twitter war with the Toyota camp is intended to be motivation for his own Ford camp. I don’t know. Whether it is or not, maybe Ford needs to go to the drawing board and find some speed for themselves instead of one of its drivers, seemingly, expecting NASCAR to take that speed away from the teams, errr manufacturer, that found it.

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