A new era in NASCAR
On Sunday, NASCAR opened their 2022 season on a 1/4-mile oval. The Busch Clash at the LA Coliseum was the first race on such a small track in several decades.
Hear from the NASCAR president below.
At the same time, it marked the debut of the NASCAR Next Gen car. The car is completely different than anything seen in more than several decades.
Next Gen is a spec chassis, identical from team to team. The car is designed to level the playing field from the super teams to the smaller teams while reducing the development costs for teams across the board.
When the green flag dropped on the Busch clash, the new car proved effective at all of the above. Justin Haley, the rookie driver for Kaulig Racing found hilmself battling in the top 5 for most of the day. Until ending his race in a spectacular crash.
Overall, the Clash at the Coliseum and the Next Gen car were a clear success.
Ahead of Sunday’s race, the president of NASCAR wrote a note to fans, welcoming them to a new era of the sport…
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Steve Phelps letter to fans
“When the drivers fire their engines today at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, NASCAR will officially begin a new era, and the future of our sport will be on full display for our industry and fans,” the letter opens.
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“The Next Gen race car has arrived and is ready for its debut to start the 2022 season. The new car not only reinforces NASCAR’s commitment to best-in-class racing, it symbolizes the bold innovation that continues to drive us forward across all areas of the sport.”
“Its inaugural tour will follow a dynamic schedule that returns NASCAR to stock car racing’s hallowed ground, while also exploring new venues and opportunities. We look forward to hosting you and your families at our races this season and hope to create fun and memorable experiences that will last a lifetime.”
“It is your loyalty and passion for NASCAR that has carried us forward all these years, and we’re proud to return the heart-pounding action and dramatic, side-by-side racing you’ve always known and loved.”
“As the interest and enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow, we’re also proud to welcome countless new fans to the NASCAR family, and we hope you thoroughly enjoy the unpredictable thrill ride that is sure to be the 2022 race season.”
“So buckle up, everyone. The green flag on the Next Gen era is about to drop. Get your race tickets. Set your tune-in reminders. And follow the NASCAR action at every turn until we crown our champions at Phoenix Raceway in November.”
“On behalf of the NASCAR industry, thank you for your continued support of NASCAR. We hope you enjoy today’s Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum.”
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