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Clint Bowyer to test Next Gen car at Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR competition officials confirmed Tuesday that Clint Bowyer will drive the Next Gen car for the 2021 Cup Series in next week’s two-day test at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The Monday-Tuesday test session will be the fifth on-track shakedown for next season’s car and the second for the “P3” model, the third prototype built. The car, built by Richard Childress Racing in conjunction with developers at the NASCAR Research & Development Center, is ready after contact during the last test at Auto Club Speedway on March 2-3.

Next Gen prototypes have previously been tested by (in order) Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, Erik Jones and William Byron. The selection of Bowyer, a Stewart-Haas Racing veteran, follows what is now a pattern of Chevrolet, Ford then Toyota drivers in the testing rotation.

AND: Day one of the test will be open to members of the media.

The speedway has not yet announced any details for fan access to the test.