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Lee Spencer

Lee Spencer is the Senior NASCAR Writer for FOXSports.com. She has provided award-winning coverage of auto racing over the last 15 years. Spencer has lent her expertise to both television and radio and is a regular contributor to SiriusXM Radio and the Performance Racing Network. Follow her on Twitter.

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After five years in the making, the Car of Tomorrow took center stage at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 25.

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In theory, NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow was designed to provide a safer, more economical racecar for drivers in the Nextel Cup Series — and better competition for the fans' enjoyment.

The car's boxier look, together with the splitter and wing, is the most noticeable difference. NASCAR champ Tony Stewart's description of a "flying brick" is accurate from both a visual and aerodynamic standpoint. In addition to the larger driver's compartment providing a more substantial cocoon for the competitors, it will also cause drag and slow the cars.

But the biggest obstacle to fair competition — initially, at least — will be how well the smaller fish compete with the bigger fish in race to liquidate obsolete equipment while building and testing the new cars. And with the resources of organizations such as Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing — expect these powerhouses to have a jumpstart on the competition and leave the lesser-funded teams in the dust.

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