The Nascar Chevy teams were a dominant force in the 2022 Cup Series season, though they ultimately came up short in the end as Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford Mustang claimed the championship. Though the season just concluded, it’s never too soon to get excited about the “Super Bowl of racing” – that is, the 2023 Daytona 500.
At the 2022 Daytona 500, the Nascar Chevy teams started strong. In fact, two Next Gen Camaro ZL1 race cars dominated qualifying, putting Kyle Larson’s No. 5 Camaro and Alex Bowman’s No. 48 Camaro on the front row for the big race. Ford racing teams would go on to win the qualifying Duels at Daytona, however, while the Chevys elected to sit back and preserve their race cars for the 500, showing off some serious glow from their exhaust ports in the night races.
It turned out that the Daytona 500 itself that did the Chevys in. Bowman’s No. 48 Camaro was swept into an early crash along with the No. 24 Camaro of William Byron. Chase Elliott’s No. 9 Camaro and Larson’s No. 5 Camaro each had an issue in the pits before crashing later on, and Reddick’s No. 8 Camaro spun and started a massive wreck. The Bow Tie had better luck at the summer Daytona race, though, when Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Nascar Chevy survived to win a rain-ridden event.
There may be some changes on the way to the Next Gen Camaros over the offseason. In fact, Nascar issued a fix mid-season to address vehicle stiffness that injured Bowman when he wrecked the No. 48 Camaro, forcing him to miss five races due to a concussion. Additionally, there could very well be a Nascar EV exhibition series next season, though it’s not been confirmed.
The 2023 Daytona 500 will take place on February 19th, 2023. It will be the first point-paying race for Kyle Busch and his new ride in the No. 8 Nascar Camaro.