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Here's your first look at the next Camaro stock car


Chevrolet announces Thursday, June 30, 2016, that the sixth-generation Camaro SS will serve as the model for Chevrolet race cars in the NASCAR XFINITY series starting next season. The official racing debut comes in February at the 2017 season’s kickoff race at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo by Alexis Meadows for Chevy Racing)
Alexis Meadows, Alexis Meadows for Chevy Racing

In keeping with our Independence Day theme, it's time to take a look at two powerful American institutions, the Chevrolet Camaro and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing -- NASCAR. Put the two together, and you've got a decent chunk of the grid for next year's season.

To celebrate the Camaro entering its sixth generation, Chevrolet will be dressing up its 2017 stock cars to resemble the 2016 Camaro SS. The fifth-generation model did its time in the sport, too, debuting in 2013. Its official Xfinity Series debut will be at Daytona in February.

Of course, it's not actually a Camaro under that skin -- we're a long way from stock cars actually being stock. These days, they're built from a specialized tube chassis and the engine is an old-school pushrod V-8. The car's body provides aerodynamic advantage, and Chevrolet's modified the nose and hood for 2017.

Chevrolet also has another stock car, based off the SS sedan, in the Sprint Cup Series. The SS model replaced one based off the Impala, a car that has no business being connected to motorsport in its current form.