The Gen 6 car - referring to NASCAR's sixth
generation race car - took over the sport before
and during the 2013 campaign, as drivers got used
Kyle Busch battles his way to victory in his Gen-6 Toyota Camry on the road course at Watkins Glen.
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to their sleeker, speedier rides.
There were some bumps in the road but drivers,
owners, pit crews and fans worked through the
changes together. Now with the focus back on the
actual racing, the Gen 6 craze may be dying down a
The Gen 6 car, a collaboration between NASCAR,
Toyota, Chevrolet and Ford, aims to put the stock
back in stock car. It seems to be working.
The 2013 season saw 19 track qualifying records
broken; a record number (127,306) of Green Flag
Passes; and the lowest Margin of Victory (1.267
seconds) since 2005. Additionally, 20 races ended
with a margin of victory of less than one second.
So what makes a Gen 6 different than previous
NASCAR Sprint Series cars? A lot.
From driver branding to safety enhancements,
the newest additions more closely resemble those
found on the showroom floor.
They feature stylish bodylines and eye-catching
designs to give each model its own look. Driver
names are now featured on the upper portion of the
windshield, with sponsor decals and car numbers
removed from the headlight and taillight areas.
NASCAR added a forward roof bar and center
roof support bar to the roll cage of the Gen 6
model. This design helps reinforce overall integrity
and increases the crash structure of the roof.
Also, larger roof flaps were added to improve
liftoff numbers and decrease the likelihood of an
The size reduction of the car can also have a positive impact on safety results. Total
weight of the car has been reduced by 160 pounds, giving it a slim and trim