New and improved has been a tried and true ad slogan for decades.  It couldn’t be more appropriate for what we’re seeing in NASCAR these days.

After years of going to the same tracks at the same times year after year, the schedule has been shaken up.  Not only with new dates; but with new tracks.  And, boy, has it been paying dividends. 

Keeping in mind that the new car does figure in here somewhat, take a look at what has happened this year at some of the circuit’s newest tracks in their points paying events.

At COTA, a three-way battle for the lead into the final three turns…heavy contact among the three and a first-time winner in Ross Chastian.

Move to the Bristol Dirt Race.  Tyler Reddick and Chase Briscoe go spinning in the final turn while battling for the lead, opening a path to victory for Kyle Busch.

And, now at Gateway, we get a riveting two-lap battle between a pair of champions as Joey Logano out-duels Kyle Busch for the win.

Yep, change can be good.  NASCAR has been pushing the envelope the last couple of years, and we’re getting rewarded with an improved product.