NASCAR Fans React as Gen 6 Cars’ Retirement Finally Hits Home

Published 01/02/2022, 1:16 AM EST
Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) leads driver Alex Bowman (48) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Many are excited to see the NASCAR Next Gen cars finally break cover and take to the track. However, one must not forget their predecessors that ran in the Cup Series for a long time. Naturally, a fair number of fans are going to miss the Gen 6 cars and their faithful service to the Cup drivers.

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Recently, some fans lamented about the Gen 6 cars going into retirement and reminisced about some of the good times.

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Many of the lamentations centered around the splitters on the underside of the cars. There was also a massive discussion about the splitters on the various cars. Eventually, the conversations shifted to quarter panels and other parts of the car. The general consensus was that the Gen 6 cars were a ‘lot of fun’.

So it isn’t really surprising that the fans miss the old cars already. These cars were in use since 2013, so the community had plenty of time to get used to them. It is natural that the fans grew attached to them and it will be hard for them to let go. However, they will have to get used to the change because NASCAR is evolving, for better or for worse.

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Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) driver Kyle Larson (5) and driver Kyle Busch (18) race for position during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

What to expect from the new generation of NASCAR cars?

Now, the process of getting used to a new generation of cars begins once again. In the past couple of years, the sport has been extensively testing these cars and preparing them for the future. Initially, the Gen 7 cars were expected to debut in 2020, but the COVID-19 outbreak delayed that plan by two years.

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To be fair, it was probably for the best, as the officials had an extra two years to fine-tune the cars. Judging by the positive responses from most of the drivers, the extra years’ wait could be with it. Now, all that anyone can do is wait for the final two tests at Atlanta and Daytona. Then comes the grand debut at the LA Coliseum in February.

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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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