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January 11, 2022 (NASCAR Next Gen)

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NASCAR drivers comment upon the Daytona International Speedway’s pack racing test. Rules are set

The NASCAR Cup Series teams entered Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach (Florida) on Tuesday. NASCAR organized the test to establish the rules package for the Daytona 500 using the new spec chassis.

See below for Daytona practice result.

Officials from NASCAR have confirmed the Daytona rules package. It includes an engine-output target for 510 horsepower, as well as a 7 inch rear spoiler.

“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,” said John Probst, NASCAR’s Senior Vice President of Racing Innovation, “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 cars will be back on Wednesday. The test will run from 9AM-5PM.

NASCAR driver comment after Daytona test

Many NASCAR drivers shared thoughts after the test.

Joey Logano

“It was great. It was intense, that’s probably the right word for it,”Joey Logano

“The cars, we don’t have them quite handling the way we want yet. They’re pretty new still to us, if you didn’t know. The bumping and shoving gets the cars moving around a lot. Kurt, myself and 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

“We were just trying to go through checklist items,” Kurt Busch said.

“Denny was up front, and our car wouldn’t quite break that threshold and then it was just a matter of drivers connecting their cars and you do that through rhythm, balance and time together. So yeah, we were pushing each other around there tandem, just seeing how it would play out. Lap time picked up a ton.”

Busch added, “It’s just real sketchy when you’re doing it. It’s not as stable as the old car just yet, but these cars, they go through a lot more attitude changes, whether you’re up front, in the back, side-drafting. The car just moves around, and that’s what it’s supposed to do. It makes it tougher on the drivers to try to digest everything that’s going on.”

Denny Hamlin

“We blew up. It started getting a little weak toward the end, but overall I was pretty happy how we drafted today and how the handling of the car was, so overall, pretty good test,”Hamlin spoke.

“I stayed pretty aggressive,”Hamlin also added. “This is pretty much going to be my only practice for the 500, one where it’s kind of freebie. It was 50-50 whether we thought we were going to bring this car back in one piece or not, so we just can’t get that aggressive on race week with our practices.”

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Daytona Practice Times
January 11, 2022
Session 1

Pos | Driver | Best Time | Best Speed

1. Harrison Burton
48.843
184.264

2. Austin Cindric
48.844
184.260

3. Joey Logano
48.849
184.241

4. Corey LaJoie
49.944
180.202

5. William Byron
49.954
180.166

6. Denny Hamlin
49.969
180.112

7. Kurt Busch
50.055
179.802

8. Cody Ware
50.274
179.019

9. Erik Jones
50.473
178.313

10. Daniel Suarez
50.529
178.116

11. Brad Keselowski
50.568
177.978

12. Dale Earnhardt Jr
50.839
177.029

13. Michael McDowell
50.914
176.769

14. Jacques Villeneuve
50.930
176.713

15. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
50.949
176.647

16. Austin Dillon
50.960
176.609

17. Justin Haley
51.033
176.356

18. Timmy Hill
51.144
174.815

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Daytona Practice Times
January 11, 2022
Session 2

Pos | Driver | Best Time | Best Speed

1. Austin Cindric
47.214
190.621

2. Joey Logano
47.215
190.617

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr
48.004
187.484

4. Justin Haley
48.042
187.336

5. Kurt Busch
48.210
186.683

6. William Byron
48.334
186.204

7. Daniel Suarez
48.380
186.027

8. Brad Keselowski
48.392
185.981

9. Michael McDowell
48.401
185.947

10. Harrison Burton
48.441
185.793

11. Denny Hamlin
48.454
185.743

12. Jacques Villeneuve
48.638
185.041

13. Cody Ware
49.138
183.158

14. Corey LaJoie
49.891
180.393

15. Austin Dillon
50.447
178.405

16. Erik Jones
50.481
178.285

17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
50.673
177.609

18. Timmy Hill
51.144
175.974

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