Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/7/14

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 20: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, stands next to his car in the garage prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2009 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave NASCAR's new car a solid review in his first test drive, putting the 2013 model ahead of its predecessor. The buildup to the previous model's launch in 2007 was mixed as drivers were lukewarm to the ''Car of Tomorrow.'' Kyle Busch won the debut race at Bristol and panned the car in his victory celebration, forever tainting its image with fans. The car was finally retired in last month's season finale, and NASCAR spent this entire year developing the 2013 model that will debut in February. On Tuesday, 16 drivers tested the car at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including Earnhardt Jr., who said he was very impressed with its drivability. NASCAR is banking on the ''Gen 6'' car to improve the on-track product.

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