NASCAR to hold Next Gen test at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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As NASCAR inches closer to the 2022 Busch Light Clash in February at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Next Gen testing will continue on Wednesday and Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Live streaming will be available on NASCAR’s YouTube and Facebook channels (11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday).

RELATED: Catch up on Wednesday’s action | Watch Thursday’s session

These testing sessions follow the series’ short-track test in October at Bowman Gray Stadium that consisted of a Goodyear tire test and generational star power turning laps at the historic venue. Wednesday will mark the fourth time the Next Gen car has appeared on the oval layout at the Concord, North Carolina, track. Cup Series champions Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. took part in the track’s test last year, Busch returned earlier this year, and wheel-force testing was conducted there in June.

This week’s session will feature a bigger roster of drivers and teams, as organizations are beginning to prepare for the 2022 season. The two-day organizational test allows teams to field their own cars, limiting entrants to one car for one- or two-car teams and two cars for three- or four-car teams. Recent changes to the Next Gen car’s structure include a position change for the exhaust and new slots on the rear windshield to reduce the temperature in the cockpit.

On-track activity is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Thursday. Each session is open to the media, and NASCAR.com will have a full report.

MORE: New rules package, technical updates | Next Gen development timeline | Photos from the test

Team

Driver(s)

No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain

No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Austin Dillon

No. 4 Stewart Haas Racing Ford

Kevin Harvick and Chase Briscoe

No. 6 RFK Racing Ford

Brad Keselowski

No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

Corey LaJoie

No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman

No. 10 Stewart Haas Racing Ford

Aric Almirola and Cole Custer

No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Denny Hamlin

No. 12 Team Penske Ford

Ryan Blaney

No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

AJ Allmendinger and Justin Haley

No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Christopher Bell

No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford

Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton

No. 22 Team Penske Ford

Joey Logano

No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

William Byron and Kyle Larson

No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford

Michael McDowell

No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet

Erik Jones

No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota

Kurt Busch

No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet

Cody Ware and JJ Yeley

No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Ford

Timmy Hill

No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford

BJ McLeod

No. 94 GMS Racing Chevrolet

Ty Dillon