Record number of teams test at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - More than 50 drivers from the NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series will descend on Las Vegas Motor Speedway next week for the biggest NASCAR test session ever held west of the Mississippi. Two weeks ago, during the Lowe's Motor...

LAS VEGAS - More than 50 drivers from the NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series will descend on Las Vegas Motor Speedway next week for the biggest NASCAR test session ever held west of the Mississippi.

Two weeks ago, during the Lowe's Motor Speedway Media Tour, NASCAR hinted that some teams would experiment with a new aerodynamic package during the LVMS test. This has prompted a number of teams to participate in the test.

"With the exception of race weekend, you can't go anywhere and see this many of NASCAR's top teams running on the same track," said Chris Powell, LVMS executive vice president and general manager. "With the nine Dodge drivers who tested here two weeks ago, we will have 12 of the top 15 drivers in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup points standings out here testing. Throw in some of the top Busch Series teams, including some Winston Cup drivers, and this should make for an interesting week."

The speedway's grandstands will be open to the public free of charge for the entire five-day test. Under NASCAR rules, no team may test for more than two days.

The following is a list of days and drivers who will be testing from Monday, Jan. 29 through Friday, Feb. 2:

(Monday and Tuesday) - Dale Earnhardt, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin, Elliott Sadler, Jeff Gordon, Jerry Nadeau, Kenny Wallace, Mike Skinner, Ricky Craven, Joe Nemechek, Bobby Hamilton, Wally Dallenbach, Andy Houston, Kurt Busch, Tony Raines (Busch), Greg Biffle (Busch), Tim Sauter (Busch), Shane Hall (Busch) and Chad Little (Busch).

(Tuesday and Wednesday) - Ryan Newman, Rusty Wallace, Robby Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeremy Mayfield, Ron Hornaday, Michael Waltrip, Ricky Rudd, Rick Mast, Todd Bodine, Robert Pressley, Dale Jarrett, Jimmy Spencer (Busch), Larry Foyt (Busch), Scott Wimmer (Busch), Chad Chaffin (Busch), Blaise Alexander (Busch), Jamie McMurray (Busch), Mike Bliss (Busch), Kevin Grubb (Busch) and Marty Houston (Busch).

(Wednesday and Thursday) - Mike Wallace, Johnny Benson, Bobby Hamilton Jr. (Busch), Waltrip (Busch), Mark Green (Busch) and Rich Bickle (Busch).

(Thursday and Friday) - P.J. Jones, Christian Elder, Jay Sauter, Ashton Lewis and Elton Sawyer.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Wally Dallenbach , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Dale Jarrett , Terry Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Greg Biffle , Shane Hall , Elton Sawyer , Robby Gordon , Jerry Nadeau , Mike Wallace , Andy Houston , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Robert Pressley , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Larry Foyt , Tony Raines , Marty Houston , Blaise Alexander , Ricky Craven , Jamie McMurray , Mark Green , Chad Little , Kevin Grubb , Rick Mast , Christian Elder , Scott Wimmer , Chad Chaffin , Mike Bliss , P.J. Jones , Ashton Lewis , Elliott Sadler