Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer to Test NASCAR Next Gen at Bowman Gray Stadium

during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
During qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Two of NASCAR’s biggest former Cup Series stars are headed to The Madhouse tomorrow to shake down NASCAR’s Next Gen car. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer both volunteered to be on hand to test the ride that will race at The Clash at the Coliseum at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Feb 2022.

Why the short track that has become famous for flared tempers and plenty of trashed machines to test NASCAR’s latest short track vehicle? Since the track in Los Angeles has a similar design, officials at NASCAR felt that testing Next Gen at Bowman Gray Stadium’s 0.25-mile flat, asphalt oval in Winston Salem, North Carolina would give their new ride the best test for this upcoming race.

“I think the large fan base that we have here in Los Angeles, the largest that we actually have in the nation, paired with exciting racing and being here in the downtown Los Angeles market, I think will be really special and this track will get us ready for this event,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s senior vice president of strategy and innovation.

During the two-day Next Gen test two weeks ago at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course, it was revealed NASCAR would also hold tests for the Next Gen car, with Earnhardt Jr., Bowyer and Tony Stewart at Wythe Raceway’s half-mile dirt track in Rural Retreat, Virginia.

The test at Wythe is set for Tuesday, Nov. 16 and will be in preparation for next season’s return of the Bristol Dirt Race.

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