Last month NASCAR officials released the rules package for most of the tracks in the 2022 schedule at 650 horsepower.  The only exception were the Supersppedway tracks of Daytona and Talladega.

After the first day of testing the Next Gen car on the high  banks of Daytona, NASCAR has determined the rules package for the remaining tracks.  With restrictor plates no longer a part of racing, NASCAR has set the engines at 510 horsepower with a seven inch spoiler for the Superspeedway tracks.  The new paved and configured Atlanta Motor Speedway is also on the list with the big tracks.

While some of the drivers were dirt track racing in the Chili Bowl; Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jacques Villeneuve joined NASCAR regulars Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr on the track to the aerodynamic draft of the Next Generation car that will make its debut in the 2022 season.

Logano noted that he, Kurt, Denny, and Ricky, “we were out there shoving each other pretty hard.”  Logano added, “we were racing like we were coming to the end of the Daytona 500. I don’t know why we do that, but it’s a race. It’s race cars and it’s on a race track, it turns into a race and we race each other.”

Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin paired up for some side drafting and aero pushes around the 2.5 mile track.

NASCAR’s Senior Vice President of Racing Innovation John Probst spoke on the testing saying, “now granted, there’s no trophy. There’s no points. There’s no money on the line. So I think the level of intensity when they come back will be ratcheted up significantly, but I think that if you look at what the cars were able to do as far as spreading out, grouping back up, moving around, definitely three-wide a couple times, I feel like we’re in a really good spot, put on a pretty good show February here in the 500.”

The drivers will return on Wednesday for more testing at Daytona.  One final test is scheduled for January 25 and 26 at Phoenix Raceway.