USAR: Rockingham Raceway Park test summary

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stars and Top Hooters Pro Cup Drivers Conclude a Busy Week of Testing at "The Rock" ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (October 16, 2008) -- Monday morning, October 13th, the final strip of pavement was placed on "Little Rock," the new ...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stars and Top Hooters Pro Cup Drivers Conclude a Busy Week of Testing at "The Rock"

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (October 16, 2008) -- Monday morning, October 13th, the final strip of pavement was placed on "Little Rock," the new half-mile track built just outside the backstretch of the one-mile oval at Rockingham Raceway Park.

Fast Track High Performance Driving School cars worked rubber into the new track surface Monday evening and then turned the track over to 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams that were testing for this weekend's race at Martinsville.

Kyle Busch's No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Joe Nemechek's No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, Scott Riggs' No 66 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet and Jack Sprague's No. 60 Wyler Racing Toyota Truck all tested at the Little Rock Speedway on Tuesday.

Wednesday's test session featured current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader, Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet as well as Chad McCumbee's No. 45 Petty Enterprises Dodge and two test teams from Gillett Evernham Motorsports driven by A.J. Almendinger and Dennis Setzer.

Today, Roush Fenway Racing's test team brought two cars to be driven by Colin Braun. The team spent the morning on the one-mile speedway before taking their second car to Little Rock for the afternoon testing.

"It's nice to see a short track like this to work off of, it's impressive for Andy to push this hard to get it done so quickly," said Johnson. "I had a lot of fun at the track today."

The Little Rock Speedway will also see plenty of racing action during the 2009 season with over 15 races planned on the ¼ mile race track that is contained inside of the half-mile. Those races will feature the INEX Legend Series and Bandolero Series cars.

Also testing this week were the Hooters Pro Cup Series teams in preparation for the upcoming Black's Tire American 200 on November 1st. Twenty-one teams were on hand last Saturday for the open test and two teams came back for some extra laps on Tuesday as well.

"The track is awesome," said Mark McFarland, driver of the No. 81s Sears Auto Center Chevrolet. "I really like how the track wears out tires and the strategy it takes to win here."

Tickets will be going fast for the Black's Tire American 200 with reserved seats starting at $25 and kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. A special John Anderson concert will be held following the race and is included in the ticket price as well. Call the Rockingham Speedway ticket office to order your reserved seats today at 910-205-8800 or visit www.rockinghamspeedway.com.

-credit: rsp

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR Truck , Stock car
Drivers Joe Nemechek , Colin Braun , Jimmie Johnson , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Scott Riggs , Mark McFarland , John Anderson , Chad McCumbee , Kyle Busch
Teams Furniture Row Racing , Hendrick Motorsports , Roush Fenway Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing