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Texas Motor Speedway Hosts Next Gen Wheel Force Transducer Test, Toyota Camry Model Suffers ‘Issue’

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While the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series enjoy a ‘summer break’ of sorts for NBC’s coverage of The Olympic Games, the hard-work has not stopped for NASCAR and manufacturers, as the series prepares for the implementation of NASCAR’s Next Gen car, which is set to debut at Daytona International Speedway in February 2022.

Texas Motor Speedway became the latest track on the NASCAR schedule to see the Next Gen car in action, with Tuesday and Wednesday’s wheel force transducer testing session for each of the NASCAR Cup Series’ three manufacturers. Justin Allgaier (Chevrolet), Drew Herring (Toyota), and David Ragan (Ford) were the three drivers involved in testing each of the OEM’s branded vehicles.


The track posted numerous videos and photographs of the testing, including a minute-long video of Justin Allgaier and David Ragan making laps around Texas Motor Speedway in their Chevrolet and Ford branded machines. Missing from social media coverage, is the Toyota Camry model and driver Drew Herring, after comment from Denny Hamlin on social media has given reason to believe there was a mishap for the manufacturer on the first day of the test (Tuesday).

FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass received confirmation of an ‘issue’ from a spokesperson at Toyota, saying “there was an issue with our car yesterday at testing in Texas”, without providing any additional details. Pockrass continues by saying, the OEM’s statement, alongside Hamlin’s Tweet, leads him to believe that the car was involved in an accident.

No parties directly involved in Tuesday’s Next Gen test have confirmed that the indicated ‘issue’ was the result of an accident.

Joseph Srigley
Joseph Srigley
University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at

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