Responding to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s suggestion that NASCAR should approach changes to racing -- and particularly the Sprint Cup racecar -- with a sense of urgency, NASCAR president Mike Helton said Saturday no major changes to the car are in the offing.

"We'll continue to keep an open mind," Helton told Bob Pockrass of SceneDaily.com. "But I've still got to say that I believe what we're seeing on the racetrack now is as good as what NASCAR has put on the racetrack in a long time, and you don't want to disrupt that.

"The way I read his (Earnhardt's) statements were more broad. His expression -- that we need to be working on things to make the sport better in general -- I agree with that. As it comes to the car, he and his team in particular, there's some frustration there that contribute to his comments."

Earnhardt is 25th in the Cup standings and hasn't won a race since June 15, 2008, at Michigan.
by Reid Spencer/Sporting News