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Bubba Wallace to take part in Next Gen test Wednesday at Richmond

NASCAR will hold its second Next Gen test of 2021 on Wednesday at Richmond Raceway. Bubba Wallace of 23XI Racing will be behind the wheel of the car for the scheduled session at the .75-mile Virginia short track.

The test was originally set for two days of on-track activity, with Wallace first taking the wheel on Tuesday. But inclement weather that is anticipated in the Richmond area has delayed his travel itinerary, and there are no plans for any test laps that day.

The Next Gen car was previously on the track in January at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch was behind the wheel as adjustments to components of the Next Gen car were validated.

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Previous to Charlotte, the Next Gen car saw its first superspeedway action late last year at Daytona International Speedway with Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher behind the wheel. And in November at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, Martin Truex Jr. and Busch took part in the first test where multiple cars were on the track.

The Next Gen car is scheduled for its competition debut in 2022. The prototype’s first on-track test was also held at Richmond, with Austin Dillon driving on Oct. 8-9, 2019.