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New car's strong showing at Dover good news for Cup teams -- and fans

Be patient, NASCAR officials said. Give the new car time. Cup teams will adapt. After Sunday's thrilling finish at Dover, maybe they were right, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: September 23, 2008, 12:38 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

The Dover Sprint Cup race in June was the worst of the season. The Dover Cup race Sunday was one of the best of the season -- at least the end, anyway.

Maybe there is hope for the new car after all. The second time around in 2008 was the charm for the new car on the Monster Mile.

Actually, Sunday was the fourth race for the new cars at Dover, which had two races with the new car last year. So a quartet of races finally resulted in a competitive show.

This ...

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