New tech meets old school in Next Gen car’s appearance at Bowman Gray Stadium – NASCAR

Alejandro Alvarez | NASCAR Digital Media

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Goodyr technicians and NASCAR officers gatright hered knowledge And information Tuesday Which will assist decide the tire selection for subsequent season’s Conf…….

Alejandro Alvarez | NASCAR Digital Media

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Goodyr technicians and NASCAR officers gatright hered knowledge And information Tuesday Which will assist decide the tire selection for subsequent season’s Conflict On the Coliseum. Carrying out that acquired here On the intersection of The subsequent Gen automotive of NASCAR’s future with a venerable monitor from the Cup Collection’ previous.

The 2022 car fliped laps Tuesday at historic Bowman Grey Stadium in an unofficial preliminary to the Feb. 6 exhibition race in L. a.. Goodyr and NASCAR invited three recently retired stars with Their very personal previous-school cred for the driving duties — Hall of Famer Tony Stewart for the tire look ating Inside the morning session, and racers fliped broadcasters Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer For respectable laps Inside the afternoon.

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For all three drivers, it marked their first stints behind the wheel of the subsequent Cup Collection automotive, and the critiques have been usually constructive, with Earnhardt saying, “The automotive does everyfactor greater than somefactor I’ve ever drove in NASCAR.”

“This automotive does All of the factors that I used to be apprehensive about, it does All of them and it does them properly,” he said. “I really feel this automotive Is An excellent match for this monitor or any monitor wright hereAs a Outcome of the automotive that We now have now doesn’t work All by way of the place and is troublesome in places like this. So I’m purchased now. I used to be skeptical, however I really feel it’s going to work Very properly. The automotive will get Throughout the nook. I assumed the monitor Can be too small for our automotives They typically simply wouldn’t deal with and drive properly, however That is typically A completely completely different beast.”

Bowyer, who Shall be An factor of FOX Sports activities’ broadcasting crew for the Conflict exhibition, said he was additionally swayed by the automotive’s responsiveness as he shortly acquired On prime of factors, sorting by way of the automotive’s new sequential shifter and adsimplying to his seat and wheel positioning. He made laps beneath the watchful eye of longtime crew chief analyst Larry McReynpreviouss, his broadcasting colleague.

“Very impressed with the grip diploma, the braking power, the tire that Goodyr chosen for this,” Bowyer said. “I’m glad as quickly as extra that I acquired To reflip out right here to Bowman Grey. I stay in Winston, guys. I’ve been right here Tons Inside the grandstands, up tright here in that beer backyard Higher than any seat, however I Desired to reflip out right here And change some laps.”

Stewart had been to the stadium as quickly as earlier than, attfinishing the 2009 opener by tagging Collectively with Bobby Hutchens — a longtime Modified driver who wAs a Outcome of then Stewart-Haas Racing’s rivals director. Stewart’s look again then created a buzz Inside the Bowman Grey storage, fueling hypothesis that he might Finally compete tright here. “Oh, yeah. I like working All by way of the place, places I’ve by no means been to,” Stewart tprevious the Winston-Salem Journal then.

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Stewart lent a hand to Hutchens’ crew that Evening time, however Tuesday acquired his probability behind the wheel On the stadium. Goodyr officers look ated two completely different tires at Bowman Grey — One which was earlier thanhand tried at Martinsville Speedway in March, and one other tire with a softer compound.

“Goodyr had A great plan coming into right now, And that i really feel they’re pretty Proud of The outcomes thOn they acquired,” said Stewart, who spun a pair of occasions Inside the monitor’s north flip with out damage as he hustled the automotive round. “I really feel whOn they launched with the administration set Might be Barely extra sturdy than whOn they want. They launched a softer tire, They typically have been pretty Proud of it, And that i really feel that’s in all probability A combination of whOn they’ll convey out West.”

The Conflict is scheduled to be held outdoors of Daytona Worldwide Speedway for The primary time subsequent yr, Occurring on An identical quarter-mile monitor to be constructed Contained in the L.A. Coliseum. The format has but to be made final, with rivals officers noting that proposed variations differ from a most of 5 levels of banking to a flat, no-banking configuration.

MORE: All Regarding the Conflict On the Coliseum

The L.A. Coliseum boasts a distinctive historic previous as a two-time Summer time Olympics venue and the host to a quantity of expert and collegiate sports, however Bowman Grey hpreviouss its personal Inside the realm of inventory-automotive racing lore. NASCAR fobeneath Invoice France Sr. partnered with Alvin Hawkins To promote weekly racing tright here starting in 1949, and NASCAR Hall of Famer Tim Flock was its first monitor champion.

The NASCAR Cup Collection ran 29 races tright here from 1958-1971, a span that included Richard Petty’s One hundredth win in 1969. But even when the Cup Collection departed As a Outcome of the schedule was shortened and newer, greater venues have been sought out, weekly racing continued. Bowman Grey held its 1,000th NASCAR-sanctioned race meet in 2015, and it reprimarys a southern outpost for the Modified automotives That are Hotlook at on monitors Inside the northeast.

Bowman Grey Stadium accomplished its 72nd season of inventory-automotive racing in August. Metropolis bonds have been allotted for enhancing The power, and the Winston-Salem newspaper reported thOn the asphalt Shall be dismantled and changed, starting subsequent month. Close by Winston-Salem State College wrapped up its house soccer schedule on the Bowman Grey turf final weekfinish. The sector was nonetheless marked with yard strains and painted finish zones for Tuesday’s look at.

Tuesday, the sounds of the gridiron have been changed with the rumble of a full-bodied Cup Collection automotive at Bowman Grey, and Earnhardt was beaming after wheeling it by way of the tight confines.

“They’ve acquired A fantastic factor Occurring, so it’s nice To have The power To reflip right here,” Earnhardt said. “It’s actually cool To have The power to get some laps. It’s A very intimidating place. The guardrail, you’re racing Throughout tright here, and that guardrail’s simply chewed up, and it’s simply daring you to hit it. It’s actually intimidating. That, in itself, was A fantastic expertise for me, It Does not matter what automotive I used to be driving right now. It was superior To reflip right here and expertise this place behind the wheel.”


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