After rain cancelled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday and thawing ice between the SAFER barriers and the concrete wall on Friday morning delayed Friday's session, teams finally got test time Friday afternoon and continued runs into the evening under the lights.
"We needed these two days to really figure out what the car is going to end up like," Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford said of the lost track time. "I'd rather stay as long as we can and get as much information as we can, versus having to pack this whole show up and go somewhere else again or come back later."
But the Friday test session wasn't completely positive for all Ford teams. Both of Edwards' Roush Fenway Racing teammates, Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 17, each had an issue that resulted in contact with the wall. But Biffle's contact was fairly insignificant.
Biffle and Stenhouse, though, both postest top-10 laps prior to their incidents, with Greg Biffle posting a 28.036-second/192.61 mph lap for seventh-fastest honors and Stenhouse putting up a 28.075-second/192.342 mph lap, which was 10th-fastest in the session.
NASCAR seemed pleased with the results from the Charlotte test, as only 1.05 seconds separated the fastest laps turned in by the fastest and slowest cars on hand for the session. The test at Charlotte was the last open test prior to the official start of the 2013 season at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway next month.
"This is the deal where we all roll out new cars at the same time and everybody is trying to get a jump on the rest of the guys," Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, said. Truex was eighth fastest during the test, second- fastest among the Toyota camp. His MWR teammate, Mark Martin posted the fastest time in a Toyota at 28.032 seconds/192.637 mph, good enough for sixth-overall.