A sequence which simply two years in the past was overwhelmingly dominated by oval tracks – together with 19 of 36 races held on tracks with 1-mile, 1.5-mile or 2-mile configurations – will in 2022 characteristic a much more numerous portfolio.
Cup Collection racing in 2022 will embrace competitors on 4 superspeedways, six street programs, a dust monitor, 5 brief tracks, 15 races on 1, 1.5 and 2-mile ovals and 5 races on distinctive ovals starting from 1.25 to 2.5-miles in size.
Along with the vastly altered Cup schedule, the 2022 season may even see the introduction of a Subsequent Gen automotive whose styling and composition of its new widespread Dallara-made chassis will higher replicate the producer identities of their showroom counterparts.
The 18-inch wheels and classy automotive our bodies will simply distinguish the Subsequent Gen automotive from its predecessors however its up to date know-how – corresponding to rack and pinion steering and impartial rear suspension – may even alter its efficiency on the monitor.
The schedule adjustments and debut of the brand new automotive go away NASCAR officers with excessive expectations and nice anticipation for the 2022 season.
“The Subsequent Gen automotive is just not solely going to carry a variety of relevance again to our automobiles, nevertheless it’s additionally going to create what I believe goes to be one of the best racing product we’ll have in our sport’s historical past,” stated Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s senior vice chairman of technique and innovation.
“The vehicles look implausible. In seeing a few of the information and analysis they’ve finished, the racing product might be higher than ever.”
Nascar Subsequent Gen Toyota TRD Camry
Photograph by: Michael L. Levitt
Kennedy expects the dramatic evolution of the Cup Collection schedule mixed with a brand new race automotive will take a look at drivers and groups like by no means earlier than.
“You may have a handful of superspeedways, you might have a handful of intermediates, a handful of brief tracks, slightly little bit of every thing,” he stated.
“I believe with that range within the schedule, it actually signifies that whoever’s going to be that regular-season champion, in the end the NASCAR Cup Collection champion, is one of the best driver within the NASCAR Cup Collection, and I might say in all probability among the finest drivers on the earth, too.”
Regardless of having to introduce lots of its schedule adjustments this 12 months with areas of the nation nonetheless below COVID-19 restrictions, NASCAR has seen improved TV rankings and the brand new venues and races have been well-received by followers.
The most important query and potential stumbling block for NASCAR heading into 2022 might be ready to see if the Subsequent Gen automotive lives as much as its hype.
Even when it appears to be like good, the automotive will nonetheless must carry out on the monitor and solely lately did NASCAR get greater than half-a-dozen of the brand new vehicles on the monitor at one time to conduct a take a look at at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.
There are a number of extra multi-car assessments scheduled within the coming months, together with on the Charlotte Roval, the Charlotte oval monitor, a December take a look at at Phoenix and sure a repeat take a look at at Daytona in January with many extra vehicles.
The primary actual show of recent venue and new automotive will come on 6 February subsequent 12 months when upwards of 25 Subsequent Gen vehicles will compete within the preseason Conflict exhibition race on a made-from-scratch quarter-mile asphalt monitor contained in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
By then, although, it will likely be solely two weeks till the season-opening Daytona 500.
And the die might be forged on a make-or-break season to recollect.