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WINSTON SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 26: Clint Bowyer drives the NASCAR Next Gen car around the track at Bowman Gray Stadium during a testing session on October 26, 2021 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) | Getty Images
WINSTON SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 26: Clint Bowyer drives the NASCAR Next Gen car around the track at Bowman Gray Stadium during a testing session on October 26, 2021 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Next Gen test completed at Bowman Gray

Past and present came together in a unique way Tuesday, as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer drove the Next Gen car at historic Bowman Gray Stadium.

Of the three drivers in the car Tuesday, Stewart was the busiest. He drove the car as part of a tire test to help Goodyear prepare for the Feb. 6 NASCAR Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He made multiple runs.

Earnhardt and Bowyer each drove about 50 laps to familiarize themselves with the new car that debuts at the Clash.

NASCAR chose Bowman Gray Stadium – which has hosted racing since 1949 – because the flat quarter-mile track around a football field is the same setup that will be built for the LA Memorial Coliseum.

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