In his traditional, informal midseason report on Friday, NASCAR chairman Brian France promised that the sport won't employ "gimmicks" such as mandatory cautions, acknowledged that several technological innovations such as glass dashboards and faster track drying are in the works, disclosed that negotiations are under way for new television contracts and said the circuit is poised to benefit from a strong showing by NASCAR's favorite son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
France, a third-generation leader, seemed content with the overall direction of the sport and suggested the biggest impending changes would be technology-oriented, not fundamental shifts in philosophy, scheduling or formats.
Here are excerpts from Frances' question-and-answer period with reporters Friday before the Jalapeno 250 Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
State of the sport
"We're obviously at the midway point and making the turn into our version of the playoffs,...