Find Out What Denny Hamlin Wants From the NASCAR Next Gen Car

Published 08/19/2021, 1:09 PM EDT
Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) races NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports


A lot is riding on the 2022 season and the Next Gen cars. In light of this, a few drivers spoke about what they expect from the new cars. Among them was Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin, as well as 23XI Racing driver Bubba Wallace. Hamlin in particular is anxious to see the new cars in action when the 2022 season kicks off.

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He said, “What I’m most looking forward to with the Next Gen is what you need to change as a race car driver. With every new vehicle that we drive, it requires a different technique. I appreciate the process that it takes to be good at those different techniques.”

In essence, NASCAR wanted to put the ‘stock back in stock car’. Additionally, the drivers knew that this will be yet another chance to prove that they are the best in their field.

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What else has Denny Hamlin and the like said about the Next Gen car?

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It is also worth mentioning that the NASCAR drivers are obligated to contribute to the sport’s ‘health’. Obviously, the Next Gen cars herald an era of change. It also helps that no individual teams have developed the cars, and it was a combined effort from Toyota, Ford and Chevrolet.

May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) races during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Denny Hamlin revealed that he got his first taste of the car during the official unveiling. He confessed that it took him a few moments to get used to the new car. According to him, the car sounded different, and they will have to get used to the dual exhaust.

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Meanwhile, Bubba Wallace acknowledged that the car sounded great on the inside. Of course, Toyota, Ford and Chevrolet have not made their cars exactly the same. Instead, they each have different standards of expectations. At the end of the day, the NASCAR community hopes that these new cars perform better than their predecessors.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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