NASCAR ready to move past 2012

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CHAR­LOTTE

The sea­son hadn't even ended be­fore NASCAR's top ex­ec­u­tives were pre­view­ing 2013, the new ''Gen 6'' cars and el­e­ments of a five-year in­dus­try ''ac­tion plan'' de­signed to en­gage and ex­cite fans. The sea­son ended with a cel­e­bra­tory fi­nal im­age of fresh-faced cham­pion Brad Ke­selowski, drunk on the com­bi­na­tion of his spon­sor's beer and the joy of giv­ing team owner Roger Penske his first cham­pi­onship. And the days since Sun­day's fi­nale have been a coming out party for the 28-yearold from sub­ur­ban Detroit, who is all over the tele­vi­sion dial smoothly shilling for NASCAR. Why? Be­cause the rac­ing in 2012 was mostly for­get­table, some­thing chair­man Brian France has tasked his en­tire com­pe­ti­tion de­part­ment with fix­ing.

''The miss­ing and fi­nal piece, which we're work­ing on now, is to im­prove on the qual­ity of rac­ing,'' France said be­fore Sun­day's fi­nale. ''Ev­ery­one knows a stated goal of ours is to have the clos­est, most com­pet­i­tive, tight­est rac­ing that we can. And that's what we're test­ing now.''

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