Homestead open test preview

Fifty NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers scheduled to participate in three-day test DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2006) -- With the season's biggest honor yet to be determined, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams will invest three days next week ...

Fifty NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers scheduled to participate in three-day test

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2006) -- With the season's biggest honor yet to be determined, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams will invest three days next week preparing for the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Ford 400 on Nov. 19 marks the end of the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup -- the 10-race stretch that began Sept. 17 at New Hampshire International Speedway and culminates in south Florida that Sunday. Along the way, the standings' top 10 drivers have continued to battle during the season's final events; five races will remain when they arrive for next week's test.

And the stakes are extremely high.

Drivers compete for Chase berths through the season's first 26 events. Following race No. 26 at Richmond International Raceway, the top 10 drivers and any within 400 points of the leader earn the right to battle for the series title over the final 10 races.

But non-Chase participants also have plenty of testing incentive next week. The race for 11th place, which merits season-ending recognition during Champion's Week in New York in December, is among the positions yet to be decided throughout the series standings. Finishing strong at Homestead-Miami also means fostering important momentum for 2007.

The Homestead-Miami test marks the final of six designated 2006 tests for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup teams. This year, NASCAR instituted a new testing policy to encourage a more level field of competition and help teams be more cost efficient, with these six tests (Daytona, Las Vegas, Richmond, Charlotte, Indianapolis, and Homestead-Miami) the only opportunities for teams to test at NASCAR NEXTEL Cup tracks.

Fifty drivers are scheduled to participate next week at Homestead-Miami, beginning Monday and ending Wednesday. Teams may test on two of the three available days.

All sessions begin at 1 p.m., and end at 9 p.m. (ET), weather permitting, with a dinner break from 5-6 p.m.

What: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series testing.

Where: Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Track Layout: 1.5 miles.

When: Monday, Oct. 16 through Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Times: 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. (ET)

Who: 50 drivers in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series

-credit: nascar

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