WATCH: Ride Onboard Chris Buescher in the 2022 NASCAR Next Gen Car

Published 09/11/2021, 2:18 AM EDT
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 17: Chris Buescher, driver of the #37 Kroger Your Personal Pit Stop Chevrolet, walks on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Open Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Earlier this weekend, eight drivers and teams ran in a two-day Next Gen test at the Daytona International Speedway. During what turned out to be the first time multiple cars were on track, Chris Buescher offered a sneak peek at the inside of his 2022 Ford.

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Apparently, Buescher brought up the tail of the eight drivers on track. Nevertheless, it felt incredible to hear the car on the track, especially when going flat out. Even when the #17 driver shifted gears, the shifting sounded very smooth. Admittedly, most of the time, he and the other drivers were content to remain nose-to-tail. However, there was a bit of occasional overtaking.

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Buescher and his contemporaries even began trading the lead of the eight-car train. Interestingly, Chris Buescher largely stuck to the bottom lane, but soon took the lead when he picked the outside lane. Eventually, he got overtaken and carried on with his program.

What did Chris Buescher say about the test?

Speaking after the session, he said, “Inside, we’re working on getting some stuff figured out to make it a little more comfortable.

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“The rearview camera is something that is really neat there, learned a lot about it in the runs and the drafting runs there. You can actually see quite a bit more than you’re used to. I used the camera a lot, and the spotter up on the roof to learn where cars are and be able to start getting a gauge of how close they really are.

“Objects in mirror are closer than they appear, it still applies to the camera, too. So we’re still trying to figure that out.”

WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK – AUGUST 03: Chris Buescher, driver of the #37 Cottonelle Chevrolet, gets into his car during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 03, 2019 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

For now, the driver and his rivals will be focusing on the remainder of the current season. Most of the chosen test drivers are currently competing in the Cup Series Playoffs.

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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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