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

Published 12/17/2020, 4:59 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)


In the build-up to the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, the sport is hard at work, testing the NASCAR Next Gen car that will debut in 2022. Already, multiple tests have been conducted over the past several months.

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The latest person to take the 2022 car for a spin was Chris Buescher. The 28-year-old followed the likes of Cole Custer, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch, who tested earlier.

This test took place at the Daytona International Speedway and Buescher put the car through its paces. Needless to say, the car sounded great and it appeared that all systems were working.

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Buescher revealed in a video that he and the team are busy testing various packages and setups to see what works and what needs tuning.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver is conducting two days of testing at the Daytona International Speedway. Obviously, the NASCAR Next Gen car may not be perfect just yet, so everyone wants to iron out the kinks before its 2022 debut.

What is the objective of the newest NASCAR Next Gen car test?

Apparently, the biggest priority is for Buescher to assess the drag and power levels of the car. However, there have been talks that a future test could involve multiple cars running simultaneously. The objective is to see if all the cars can tackle any track’s high banking.

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – JANUARY 15: Erik Jones tests the Next Gen car at Homestead-Miami Speedway on January 15, 2020 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

For the coming season, NASCAR is studying different aspects of the car. Those being – Where can they improve? What issues are there to iron out? And other such concerns.

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Meanwhile, select drivers will get a chance to sample the NASCAR Next Gen car and provide some feedback. With a number of experienced heads, they can surely help improve the car and get it ready for 2022.

After Buescher tested the car, NASCAR will probably gather data from the test and make necessary adjustments. Later on, when the next batch of tests pop up, they can implement these changes and gather more information.

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