Friday, June 9, 2023

Video: Stewart Friesen Tests Next Gen Car on Dirt for First Time

Stewart Friesen tests the Next Gen car for the first time on the dirt at Wythe Raceway. Screenshot taken from Twitter video.

UPDATE: Upon further examination, we have determined that Thursday’s Next Gen test did not take place at Wythe Raceway, as NASCAR had initially announced that it would. Based on the following Tweet from Stewart Friesen, the test is believed to have taken place at Lancaster Motor Speedway.

As the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season approaches, we’ve seen the brand-new Next Gen car on the short tracks, the intermediates, the superspeedways, the road courses, hell we’ve even seen the car at Bowman Gray Stadium.

However, before Thursday’s valuable test session, nobody had even seen the Next Gen car and how it would perform on a dirt track.

Stewart Friesen – a full-time driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and an avid dirt racer — held the honors of being the first to drive the new car on the dirt, as shown in a video posted to NASCAR’s social media channels on Thursday Evening.

Of course, with the series running its second event on a dirt-covered Bristol Motor Speedway this Easter Weekend, it’s important for the sanctioning body to make sure that things are up to par, and that there are no unforeseen problems when teams arrive at the track.

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

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