Since the construction of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America outside the high banked tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway the winning Daytona 500 car has gone directly from victory lane to the museum where it sat until the next year when it was replaced by the new winning car.

At the end of the Daytona 500 on February 20, 2022; there will be a temporary break in the tradition.

This year NASCAR has introduced a brand new car – the Next Generation or Next Gen car – that is completely different from previous Cup Series cars.  Delayed a year due to the Covid pandemic, parts for the car are in somewhat of a short supply.

With the teams no longer allowed to build and make their own parts, they are subject to the availability of supply chains.

Each team only has between two and four cars.  And Daytona is known for crashes…and “the big one” which could leave teams with an even shorter supply of cars; especially with the unique qualifying format used at Daytona – a pole qualifying run, two duel races, and the 500 itself.

The second race of the season is across the country at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  Teams will be sending haulers to California right after the 500 with no time for repairs.

As a result, the winning Daytona 500 car will not be placed in the Motorsports Museum but will be returned to the winning team after an overnight stay in Daytona and a celebratory breakfast.

Instead a Next Gen prototype will be wrapped – complete with confetti – in the paint scheme of the winning car and placed in the museum.

Plans are to return the tradition in 2023.