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CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 16: Team members make adjustments to the NASCAR Next Gen car during the NASCAR Cup Series test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 16, 2020 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 16: Team members make adjustments to the NASCAR Next Gen car during the NASCAR Cup Series test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 16, 2020 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images

NASCAR says Next Gen car on schedule, crash test “fiction” not altering plans as data is still pending

In a Tuesday morning appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller said that officials are awaiting a full report from the June 30 crash test at Talladega Superspeedway.

“There’s a lot of fiction out there,” Miller said, “and what everyone has to realize is that our normal safety testing procedure at the laboratory, so to speak, the proving grounds where we typically set up our impacts and get the data, that was done differently because of COVID, because of the backlog at that facility, so we went and we did that test at Talladega — at a real race track.”

(See previous: NASCAR Sends Memo to Drivers About Next Gen Crash Test at Talladega)

Miller provided a point-blank answer when asked if the car’s competition debut at Daytona in 2022 was still on schedule as planned. “Absolutely,” he said.

NASCAR.com