NASCAR's Pemberton Decries "Kneejerk Reaction" To Gen-6 Car
With Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tool 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the new Gen-6 cars head to their first race on a 1.5-mile high-bank oval. NASCAR VP/Competition Robin Pemberton on Friday addressed negative comments about the car: “We’re off to a good start … and we’ll continue to work on it." Pemberton: "With the open dialogue that we have with race teams and engineers and manufacturers, if there's things that will be done, we’ll make some changes.”
He added, “You can’t have a kneejerk reaction when the first half-dozen races of the year are on many different types of racetracks.” Pemberton said the “only way to make improvements is to put” the car in the “hands of the experts,” the race teams. The teams “will continue to work on gaining their advantages for competition. That’s the bottom line, and when they do that they themselves will get happy with the car. It’s up to them” (“NASCAR Now,” ESPN2, 3/8).