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NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Drivers Set for Richmond Test Session * Forty-eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers scheduled to participate in three-day test DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2006) -- With seven events behind them and a holiday...

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Drivers Set for Richmond Test Session

* Forty-eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers scheduled to participate in three-day test

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2006) -- With seven events behind them and a holiday weekend looming, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers hit the track this week for a three-day test session at Richmond International Raceway.

The goals?

Keys to victory for the Richmond 400 on May 6, and the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on Sept. 9.

The latter is race No. 26, the cutoff event that sets the field for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Following the season's first 26 events, the top 10 drivers and any within 400 points of the leader will battle for the series title over the final 10 races. So the May event at Richmond and this week's test are pivotal points in the series schedule.

This week's Richmond test marks the third of six designated 2006 tests for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup teams. This year, NASCAR has scheduled those tests as a cost-containment measure at tracks that host series events, and those dates are the only test opportunities at those tracks.

Forty-eight drivers are scheduled to put cars through paces at Richmond beginning Tuesday and ending Thursday. Teams may test on two of the three available days. The winner of last year's May event at Richmond and this past Sunday's event at Texas -- Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- will test Tuesday and Wednesday, as will last September's winner, Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford).

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet) is scheduled to test Tuesday and Wednesday, as is the current standings leader, Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet).

Kahne's Richmond victory was the first of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. Busch's win was his first at Richmond. Stewart, whose first series victory also came at Richmond (fall 1999), has three career wins at the three-quarters-mile track. Kahne currently is third in the standings with two wins and four top-five finishes in seven events.

All sessions begin at 9 a.m., and end at 9 p.m. (ET), weather permitting, with a lunch break from noon until 1 p.m., and a dinner break from 5-6 p.m. Media covering the test will have interview opportunities during both meal breaks on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fast Facts

What: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup testing.

Where: Richmond International Raceway.
Track Layout: three-quarters-mile oval.

When: Tuesday, April 11 through Thursday, April 13.
Times: 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. (ET)

Who: 48 drivers in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne