Count NASCAR Xfinity driver Jeremy Clements a fan of the new Hawkeye system even before it’s used in 2018.
“I don’t think they (big teams) can do all the trick stuff they were doing,” said Clements to nbcsports.com. “Now I’m sure they’ll figure out other ways to do other things, but that’s the name of the game.”
Clements, who races for Clements Racing owned by his father, says small teams like theirs will now be on a more level playing field with the deep-pocket teams. Doesn’t mean it hasn’t taken a lot of work in the off-season to get ready. Unlike teams which could afford to spend upwards of $300,000 setting up their own Hawkeye system to test out cars, Clements says they were forced to make regular trips to NASCAR’s Research and Development Center.
“Our cars all failed like first time, each time,” said Clements. “We had to go back to the body guy. He had to take another swing at it and he got her fixed up. It’s definitely been tough at first to be honest. We don’t have any of that stuff.”
With the Hawkeye system and new Laser Inspection Station, teams trying to sneak something past the inspectors will have to get a whole lot more creative. We’re less than two weeks away from the 2018 NASCAR season getting underway!