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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedules Test At Charlotte Motor Speedway Print * Two-Day Session Helps Teams Prepare For Transition From Wing To Spoiler DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 18, 2010) -- The second of two important early-season tests for...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedules Test At Charlotte Motor Speedway Print
* Two-Day Session Helps Teams Prepare For Transition From Wing To Spoiler

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 18, 2010) -- The second of two important early-season tests for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The two-day session is devoted entirely to spoiler work. Spoilers will replace the current wings on backs of cars beginning with the March 26-28 race weekend at Martinsville Speedway, and this test gives teams and officials the opportunity to fine-tune variables.

Approximately 24 teams participated in this week's test at Talladega Superspeedway, where spoiler work was included among other mechanical tests for the NASCAR Sprint Cup event on Sunday, April 25 at Talladega.

NASCAR Vice President for Competition Robin Pemberton said that the Charlotte test gives teams the opportunity to test the new spoiler on a 1.5-mile track in preparation for this season's future competition.

"It's been quite some time since we've had a test of this magnitude at any race track," Pemberton said. "I think the teams will be working hard."

The switch from wing to spoiler was one of several rule changes announced on Jan. 21.

The wing replaced the traditional stock-car spoiler on NASCAR's new car, now in its third fulltime season. Returning to the spoiler means on-track testing, a final step before spoilers are used in competition.

Both the Charlotte and Talladega tests are exceptions to the current testing policy. For the second consecutive season, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams may not test at facilities that host national-series events. This year, teams may test at tracks that host regional touring series events, but not national series events.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway test runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Wednesday, with a noon-1 p.m. lunch break each day.

Fans are welcome to attend, with free admission. The track's frontstretch grandstands will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Grandstand concessions will be open. Ticket-holders to any 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway have the opportunity to watch testing from an infield seating area behind pit road. Those fans also may participate in a question-and-answer session with available drivers and NASCAR competition officials, meet Miss Sprint Cup and have photos taken with the Charlotte Motor Speedway show car.

-source: nascar

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