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Technically NASCAR and F1 are very different. NASCAR is based on road cars hence the name Stock Cars ( the body shape has to fit a number of templates supplied by the manufacturer and passed by NASCAR), F1 is a prototype series.
Whilst testing NASCAR teams can use all-sorts of technology like what is used in F1 but during racing they can't. NASCAR drivers and teams only have the feedback of the driver via the radio to diagnose a problem with the car during a race. If you go to a NASCAR teams workshops you will see all the latest technology used in building the cars. Also the NASCAR R&D centre in Charlotte NC is cutting edge as far as technology is concerned.
You can compare NASCAR to F1 as far as the actual meeting is concerned but in the area of technology. Both are cutting edge but in very different ways