Kyle Busch is preparing for a Playoff run, and he is in search of his third NASCAR Cup Series championship, but looming in 2022 is the adaptation of the Next Gen race car in the NASCAR Cup Series. In a new episode of The Final Lap Weekly podcast, Busch pulled no punches on the new car, and even called the Next Gen, “a step in the wrong direction,” for the sport.
“Yeah, I’ve kind of seen it, but I haven’t driven it,” Busch explained. “From my vantage point, when you take out all of the ability for race teams to be creative and ingenuity, the engineering aspect, everything is gone. It’s just a race of engine development, I guess, that’s all the manufacturers have any say over the new car, is what engine is in it and what their engines do and that sort of stuff. I’m not necessarily a fan of it, I think it’s a step in the wrong direction, but it’s what we’ve got.”
Here is the full episode of The Final Lap Weekly with the Kyle Busch interview:
This could be the first real criticism we have seen from a NASCAR Cup Series driver about the future of the Next Gen car.
While some drivers such as Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch have offered tips and ideas on how the car should be after their stints behind the wheel, none of them have called the Next Gen car a bad thing to this point.
Busch is typically a very vocal driver, and has voiced his displeasure over the low horsepower, high downforce package that has been used at intermediate tracks over the last couple of seasons. While Busch did hit on the fact that he hasn’t driven the car yet, driving it could change his opinion on the Next Gen. But for now, it looks like Busch also isn’t much of a fan of the Next Gen car that is coming, either.