There are some really strong releases in Wave 1. All of the cars selected highlight winners across all three leagues in Nascar's national series. Getting good representation with the most cars is Chevy. with five, Toyota has three representatives in this set, and Ford has just two. The 'chase piece' for Wave 1 is a Liquid Color Kyle Larson Las Vegas Motor Speedway race win, a duplicate of the standard livery offered in the main set. Some of these cars are probably in contention for Lionel's top sellers of the year in the 1/24 category. I know I've got two of them (Byron, and Blaney).
Kaulig Racing's First win at the Brickyard Road-course: AJ Allmendinger
Championship Chaser: Kyle Larson
Serious question. Does Lionel get a deal on red, white, and blue paint? After 2021 they should. Kyle Larson strung together 10 wins. The last time that was accomplished was in 2007 by Jimmy Johnson. It has only ever happened 17 times in Nascar history where someone has taken ten or more in a season, and the most ever was 13. A feat only accomplished by Jeff Gordon and Richard Petty. It will be a long time before we are able to really appreciate what we witnessed. As a very small acknowledgment of that Lionel has made their chase piece this month a liquid color version of Larson's spring victory at Las Vegas. This is certainly enough to whet my whistle while I wait for that championship diecast to roll off the production line.
I'm sure that you, like me wish that the first Wave of 2022, was true to it's name. That the first wave contained lots of new schemes on the new moulds. But understandably, Lionel is in transition on the production line and they gave us a "Greatest Hits" of 2021. There are some fantastic model race cars hitting the shelves in the first half of 2022, and they shouldn't be ignored. The Ryan Blaney Daytona win is an absolute cracker. Byron's Homestead win, and Allmendinger's Indi win are both 2021 essentials. Get your hands on them if you can!
Here, I will investigate 1/64 scale diecast race cars and the on track impact of each car.