The first day of a two-day test session for the Next Gen cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway is in the books. After day one, speeds are lower than with the previous generation of car, but the speeds through the field are also super tight.
Ryan Blaney paced Wednesday’s session with a top lap of 31.179 seconds / 173.193 mph.
Here are the full results from the first day of Next Gen testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
|1||12||Team Penske||Ryan Blaney||31.179||173.193 mph||148|
|2||6||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing||Brad Keselowski||31.204||-0.025||173.055 mph||88|
|3||24||Hendrick Motorsports||Kyle Larson||31.231||-0.052||172.905 mph||112|
|4||43||Richard Petty Motorsports||Erik Jones||31.265||-0.086||172.717 mph||98|
|5||94||GMS Racing||Ty Dillon||31.288||-0.109||172.590 mph||89|
|6||4||Stewart-Haas Racing||Kevin Harvick||31.289||-0.110||172.585 mph||150|
|7||45||23XI Racing||Kurt Busch||31.294||-0.115||172.557 mph||98|
|8||16||Kaulig Racing||Justin Haley||31.295||-0.116||172.552 mph||101|
|9||34||Front Row Motorsports||Michael McDowell||31.370||-0.191||172.139 mph||98|
|10||11||Joe Gibbs Racing||Denny Hamlin||31.377||-0.198||172.101 mph||101|
|11||22||Team Penske||Joey Logano||31.400||-0.221||171.975 mph||135|
|12||7||Spire Motorsports||Corey LaJoie||31.406||-0.227||171.942 mph||77|
|13||78||Live Fast Motorsports||BJ McLeod||31.441||-0.262||171.750 mph||148|
|14||9||Hendrick Motorsports||Alex Bowman||31.466||-0.287||171.614 mph||92|
|15||20||Joe Gibbs Racing||Drew Herring||31.481||-0.302||171.532 mph||116|
|16||10||Stewart-Haas Racing||Aric Almirola||31.505||-0.326||171.401 mph||147|
|17||21||Wood Brothers Racing||Harrison Burton||31.516||-0.337||171.342 mph||122|
|18||1||TrackHouse Racing||Ross Chastain||31.522||-0.343||171.309 mph||153|
|19||47||JTG Daugherty Racing||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||31.529||-0.350||171.271 mph||116|
|20||51||Rick Ware Racing||JJ Yeley||31.618||-0.439||170.789 mph||150|
|21||3||Richard Childress Racing||Austin Dillon||31.633||-0.454||170.708 mph||31|
|22||66||MBM Motorsports||Timmy Hill||33.925||-2.746||159.175 mph||8|
It was a wild day on Wednesday, as Austin Dillon crashed hard early in the session.
— Toby Christie (@Toby_Christie) November 17, 2021
Dillon’s team took their No. 3 car back to the shop and repaired it and actually logged more test laps 8.5 hours after the incident occurred. A true testament to how durable these new cars are.
Denny Hamlin was one of three drivers to go for spins in the session. William Byron and Erik Jones experienced flat tires, which sent them for spins.
Thursday’s test will begin at 8AM ET and will run until 5PM ET. NASCAR will allow teams to conduct live pit stop practice from 4PM ET to 5PM ET, so, we’ll get our first look at pit stops with the single lug wheels.
NASCAR will also test out a couple of different spoiler size options than what was used on Wednesday.