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New Car: One Year Later

One thing missing from this year’s early-season NASCAR discussion is the Gen6 model, which was a topic of much talk and debate at this time last year.

February 25, 2014
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

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

Article Photos

Kyle Busch battles his way to victory in his Gen-6 Toyota Camry on the road course at Watkins Glen.

Courtesy of NASCAR

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

airborne car.

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


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