NASCAR to move to single lug wheels for 2021

By Zack Albert March 2, 2020 at 3:15 PM

NASCAR officials announced Monday that the Next Gen car for the 2021 Cup Series will have a single, center-locking lug nut for its wheels.

The setup made its debut in the Next Gen prototype’s fourth on-track test, scheduled Monday and Tuesday at Auto Club Speedway. The three previous tests featured a larger aluminum wheel, but with the five-lug pattern that’s been used in NASCAR for decades.

John Probst, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development, said the move away from a 15-inch steel wheel was part of an overall goal to provide more relevance and a stronger correlation to today’s production cars with an 18-inch wheel, but that a strong enough fastener that could hold up under high-speed conditions was a necessity.

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Alex Bowman prepared to get ’88’ tattoo after Auto Club win

By Daniel McFadinMar 1, 2020, 8:38 PM EST

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Alex Bowman may be visiting a tattoo shop in the near future and he can blame it on earning his second career Cup Series win.

Upon emerging from his No. 88 Chevrolet Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, the Hendrick Motorsports driver quipped to Fox that he “promised my buddy Aaron we would all get matching 88 tattoos if we won, and I think I have to go get a tattoo now, but that’ll be a good time.”

The Aaron he as referred to was Aaron Gillespie, drummer in the rock band Underoath.

The bet originated before the Daytona 500 two weeks ago.

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