Over the last seven years, it's been difficult to ascertain whether certain drivers were in a slump or simply didn't acclimate to the Car of Tomorrow.
Yes, numbers tell part of the tale:
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored just two of his 19 career wins during the COT era. Of course, throughout that time Junior also switched companies and worked with five different crew chiefs.
- Jeff Gordon won three of the first 16 races in the COT, but only six additional races during the evolution of that car model after the roll-out year in 2007.
- Two of Jeff Burton's 21 career Cup wins were won behind the wheel of the COT -- but then again, he's only earned four victories since moving to Richard Childress Racing in 2005.
Still, for veteran drivers that never found their groove in the Car of Tomorrow, could NASCAR's new Generation 6 ride provide a new lease on a stagnant phase in their careers by offering a better feel?
"I think the biggest thing that's going to help me is having a group of peop...