NASCAR Nationwide Series New Car Tests At Lowe's Motor Speedway * Seven Teams Scheduled To Participate In Final Test Of Season DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2008) -- Next week marks the final open week of the season for the NASCAR Nationwide ...
NASCAR Nationwide Series New Car Tests At Lowe's Motor Speedway
* Seven Teams Scheduled To Participate In Final Test Of Season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2008) -- Next week marks the final open week of the season for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. But for seven teams, an extended stay at Lowe's Motor Speedway following the Dollar General 300 comes before any leisure time.
The second and final test of 2008 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new car is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 13-14, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Wednesday, Oct. 15 will be a rain date.
The first official test for the NASCAR Nationwide new car was held last month at Richmond International Raceway. The six teams representing the series' four manufacturers gave the new car high marks following the test. "A couple (of teams) actually said they wished they could race this new car tomorrow," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition.
At LMS, seven teams are expected to test the NASCAR-certified chassis over the two days. The six teams that participated at Richmond will be joined by Joe Gibbs Racing. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates; JD Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing; Roush Fenway Racing (two teams) and Michael Waltrip Racing are on their second go-round with the new car.
"We're continuing our testing program at this stage by moving from a short track to an intermediate track," said Joe Balash, NASCAR Nationwide Series director.
"That progression will allow us to gather more information on the car at higher speeds. It'll also allow for cars to run with each other in a controlled situation.
Drivers scheduled to participate are Bryan Clauson for CGRFS; Joey Logano and Kyle Busch for JGR; Morgan Shepherd for JDM, series standings leader Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, two-time series champion Kevin Harvick and Scott Wimmer for RCR; Colin Braun, reigning series champion Carl Edwards and David Ragan for RFR, while David Reutimann and Josh Wise will drive for MWR.
The schedule for both days is as follows: the garage opens at 7 a.m.; the morning sessions will take place from 9 a.m. -- noon and the afternoon sessions will be from 1 -- 5 p.m. The garage closes at 5:30 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series New Car Test At Lowe's Motor Speedway
Dates: Monday, Oct. 13 through Tuesday, Oct. 14 (Rain date: Wednesday, Oct. 15)
Garage Opens: 7 a.m.
Practice: 9 a.m. -- Noon
Break: Noon -- 1 p.m.
Practice: 1 -- 5 p.m.
Garage Closes: 5:30 p.m.
What: NASCAR Nationwide Series new car test at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Track Layout: 1.5-mile oval.
When: Monday, Oct. 13 through Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Times: 9 a.m. -- noon; 1 -- 5 p.m. each day.
Scheduled Teams / Drivers: Bryan Clauson (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates); Kyle Busch, Joey Logano (Joe Gibbs Racing); Morgan Shepherd (JD Motorsports); Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Scott Wimmer (Richard Childress Racing); Colin Braun, Carl Edwards, David Ragan (Roush Fenway Racing); David Reutimann, Josh Wise (Michael Waltrip Racing).