Chris Buescher Reveals Crucial Feedback After Testing NASCAR Next Gen Car At Daytona

Published 12/17/2020, 9:34 AM EST
HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – JANUARY 15: Erik Jones tests the Next Gen car at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


There have been a lot of testing sessions with the NASCAR Next Gen Car prototypes recently. This time, it was Chris Buescher’s turn to drive the vehicle and state his thoughts on the handling and performance of the same.

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The ‘P3’ model of the car was developed by Richard Childress Racing in collaboration with NASCAR’s R&D department. Many Cup drivers have been giving their feedback, ahead of the car’s introduction in 2022.

Roush Fenway Racing’s Buescher had good things to say about the car’s braking system and sequential gearbox. However, he believes that there is work to be done as far as the car’s internal wiring goes.

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Buescher believes the brakes of the NASCAR Next Gen Car are ‘terrific’

Renowned journalist Bob Pockrass quoted Buescher as saying, “I’ve seen some of the comments on social media talking about how bad the wiring looks inside. Well, yes, it’s bad, but it’s because there’s so much in this car that is just for testing purposes. They’re gathering so much information.”

Last month, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr tested out a different prototype at Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval. They also expressed similar viewpoints regarding the sequential gearbox system.

The Roush Fenway’s No.17 further continued, “The brakes are terrific & I know this isn’t even a short-track set-up, but they stop extremely well. There’s not going to be any issues getting to pit road & not having the stopping power, just going to be a matter of not spinning out.”

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“It’s a little bit of just mind over matter as far as shifting, trying to make sure you keep pulling backwards for the sequential stuff, which was really neat. I really enjoyed using it & got better as it went, learning what it can & can’t do there by the end,” concluded Buescher on the topic.

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HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – JANUARY 15: Erik Jones tests the Next Gen car at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Having won the Xfinity Series in 2015, the 28-year-old has now spent five full-time seasons in the Cup Series. The 2020 campaign was decent for Buescher, as he picked up six top-10 finishes and an impressive solitary top-5 at Daytona.

Now a relatively experienced Cup Series campaigner, Buescher will hope to have an even better 2021. Ahead of 2022, his testing experience of the Next Gen car might come in handy in his bid to secure race wins.

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MORE – WATCH: Chris Buescher’s NASCAR Next Gen Car Test at Daytona Gives a Good Look at the Car

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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