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Martinsville Next Gen Test Featuring Manufacturer-Built Cars

The new NASCAR Next Gen returns to the track on March 30-31 at Martinsville Speedway for its next test session.

However, this session will be different from others.

Three cars will appear at the test session, the most NASCAR has held for its evaluation of the new car. Each car will be manufacturer-specific, according to Bob Pockrass at Fox Sports.

Both Toyota and Ford will have test drivers to pilot their cars, with Drew Herring behind the wheel of the Toyota and David Ragan piloting the Ford. Alex Bowman is slated to drive the Chevrolet for the test session.

Each manufacturer has had it design approved by NASCAR. A wheel-force transducer will be featured on the car to collect data while cars are on track.

According to a NASCAR official, each manufacturers’ designs should be revealed in late spring.

The new car is scheduled to debut in 2022 at the season-opening Daytona 500.

About the author

Luken Glover joined the Frontstretch team in 2020 as a contributor, furthering a love for racing that traces back to his earliest memories. Glover inherited his passion for racing from his grandfather, who used to help former NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey in his Richmond, Va. garage. A 2023 graduate from the University of the Cumberlands, Glover is the author of "The Underdog House," contributes to commentary pieces, and does occasional at-track reporting. Additionally, Glover enjoys working in ministry, coaching basketball, playing sports, and karting.

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