NASCAR Community Including Keselowski, Blaney & Busch React to Official Next Gen Announcement

Published 12/22/2021, 6:12 AM EST
Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) leads Joey Logano (22) and Ryan Blaney (12) and Brad Keselowski (2) during the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports


Recently, the NASCAR officials confirmed the Next Gen rules configuration for the 2022 season. This came about after they collated all their data from the pre-season test at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. From there, it was decided that everyone will use the 670 HP package and four-inch rear spoilers.

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Needless to say, many of the drivers and teams were really happy about the decision.

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According to Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney, “Really excited for the news. Was great to work together between NASCAR, other drivers and teams to have the best product on the track that we can. Good for drivers, good for fans“. Meanwhile, Christopher Bell was excited to experience lower downforce on the car.

It is also worth mentioning that Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing’s Brad Keselowski called it an early Christmas Present.

In a similar vein, 23XI Racing’s new recruit Kurt Busch is also thrilled. He acknowledged that it will allow drivers to really use their skills to the best of their abilities. In his words, it feels like new school and old school at the same time.

Overall, it appears that the reception for the new regulations is largely positive.

What else did the NASCAR drivers say?

On an interesting note, some drivers are also predicting a bit of carnage. According to Corey LaJoie, there are two schools of thought in play. Either it promotes a lot of overtaking and duels for the race lead, or drivers could potentially lose control and crash out. One thing is for sure, everyone is itching to hop back into the cars and go racing.

February 6th simply cannot come fast enough and it will be an agonizing two months.

Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Interestingly, a few in the NASCAR community were expecting this for a long time. Furthermore, many drivers are relishing the challenge of slipping and sliding around on the 1.5-mile tracks. This includes drivers like Chase Briscoe, Cole Custer, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author 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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