BUSCH: Daytona Preseason Thunder preview

It's Time: 2007 NASCAR Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder at Daytona * NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Teams Begin On-Track Preparations for 2007 Season * 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson Headlines First Test Session DAYTONA...

It's Time: 2007 NASCAR Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder at Daytona

* NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Teams Begin On-Track Preparations for 2007 Season

* 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson Headlines First Test Session

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Back to business.

That's the mantra next week as NASCAR Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder at Daytona -- the sport's annual January test sessions -- begins Monday with the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.

All teams that were in odd-number positions in the car owner standings as of July 12, 2006, are scheduled to test from Monday, Jan. 8 through Wednesday, Jan. 10. The following week, teams in even-number positions in the car owner standings as of July 12, 2006 will test from Monday, Jan. 15 through Wednesday, Jan. 17.

"Daytona testing gives you the chance to get back in the swing of things after the holidays," said Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell Chevrolet), who finished fourth in the 2006 series standings. "It gives you momentum heading into the Budweiser Shootout and the Daytona 500. And it also helps you see where you stack up against other teams."

All sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., weather permitting.

Drivers attending next week's session include Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet), the reigning NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion, Harvick, fifth-place finisher Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet) and eighth-place finisher Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge).

P.J. Jones will drive Robby Gordon's No. 7 Jim Beam Ford in next week's session while Mike McLaughlin will drive Tony Stewart's No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet.

NASCAR Busch Series teams will split into two sessions for the first time later this month. Teams in odd-number positions in the car owner standings as of July 9, 2006 will test from Friday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 21. Teams in even-number positions will test from Sunday, Jan. 21 through Tuesday, Jan. 23. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tests from Friday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 14.

Fan Fest Offers Driver Q&As, Entertainment ... Fans watching NASCAR Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder at Daytona test sessions, they also have the chance to ask questions of their favorite drivers plus enjoy an afternoon and evening at Daytona International Speedway's NEXTEL FANZONE. Among the Fan Fest opportunities: Driver question and answer sessions, show cars, bands, a silent auction, displays and pit-stop demonstrations. Cost is $15 for each sessions. Fans can watch each day's test at no cost, beginning at 9 a.m.

* Jan. 9: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Fan Fest
* Jan 13: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Fan Fest
* Jan. 16: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Fan Fest
* Jan. 20 and 21: NASCAR Busch Series Fan Fest

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Fast Facts

Session I: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams in odd positions in car owner standings as of July 12, 2006

What: NASCAR Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder testing for the 2007 Daytona 500

Where: Daytona International Speedway

Track Layout: 2.5-mile tri-oval.

When: Monday, Jan. 8 through Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Times: 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Who: Reed Sorenson, Casey Mears, Joe Nemechek, Sterling Marlin, Dave Blaney, P.J. Jones, Eric McClure, Brian Vickers, Ricky Rudd, Morgan Shepherd, Jeff Green, Tony Raines, Kirk Shelmerdine, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Jarrett Jamie McMurray, Scott Riggs, Scott Wimmer, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle and Mike McLaughlin.

-credit: nascar

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