Shortly after the 2021 NASCAR season concluded in early November, NASCAR has scheduled a number of testing sessions for teams to check out the new “Next Gen” car that will make its debut in February.

On December 21, NASCAR has announced the rules package for the Cup Series cars – the only series driving the Next Gen car – in the 2022 season.  Along with an engine power of 670 horsepower, the cars will carry a four inch spoiler on the back of the car to aid in downforce.  Competition officials made the decision after testing four different configurations at Charlotte Motor Speedway and consulting with teams and drivers.

Prior to the various testing sessions, NASCAR has spent the past two years developing the car.  Revealed over the summer, the “Next Gen” cars are designed to resemble the street models.

NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell spoke on the decision saying, “we met with the industry, a number of drivers post-test on Friday with the packages we had narrowed down and really hit on what we all thought would be a great Next Gen car in terms of going out under one rules package with 670 horsepower and then a low-downforce 4-inch spoiler, which we believe we can implement across all of our tracks outside of superspeedways.”

He added, “so the bottom line of all this, and you’ll hear this from the drivers is that this package with the Next Gen car puts it back in the drivers’ hands and we’re excited about what that will do in 2022, for sure.”

Race fans will get their first look of the Next Gen car at the Busch Light Clash in the Los Angeles Coliseum on February 6, 2022.

NASCAR will announce a superspeedway package at a later date.

Not always in agreement with NASCAR, several drivers took to social media applauding the new car and rules package including Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Todd Gilliland, Chase Briscoe, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Justin Haley, Cole Custer, William Byron, and NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin who is anxious for the season to get started.

Accompanied by a big smiley face, Chase Briscoe said, “Slipping and sliding around on 1.5 miles, sign me up.”

William Byron simply responded with, “awesome!”