Testing Field Set For DIS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., - The 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will kick off with a pair of much anticipated test sessions at historic Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the prestigious season-opening 48th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 19.

The list of teams expected to participate in the first NEXTEL Cup Series test session on Jan. 9-11 include (list is tentative and subject to change):

  • Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet
  • TBA, No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet
  • Elliott Sadler, No. 38 M&M's Ford
  • Ryan Newman, No. 12 Alltel Dodge
  • Jeremy Mayfield, No. 19 Dodge
  • Dale Jarrett, No. 88 UPS Ford
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet
  • Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet
  • Jeff Burton, No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet
  • Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Dodge
  • David Stremme, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge
  • Reed Sorenson, No. 41 Target Dodge
  • Ken Schrader, No. 21 Motorcraft/Air Force Ford
  • Bobby Labonte, No. 43 Cheerios Dodge
  • Bobby Hamilton Jr., No. 32 Tide Ford
  • Scott Riggs, No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet
  • Boris Said, No. 36 MB2 Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Robby Gordon, No. 7 Jim Beam Chevrolet

    The list of teams expected to participate in the even-numbered NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series test session on Jan. 16-18 include (list is tentative and subject to change):

  • Greg Biffle, No. 16 National Guard Ford
  • Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge
  • Mark Martin, No. 6 AAA Ford
  • Casey Mears, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge
  • Jamie McMurray, No. 26 Sharpie Ford
  • Carl Edwards, No. 99 Office Depot Ford
  • Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench/Reese's Chevrolet
  • Matt Kenseth, No. 17 DeWalt Ford
  • Joe Nemechek, No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet
  • Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet
  • Brian Vickers, No. 25 Ditech.com Chevrolet
  • J.J. Yeley, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet
  • Sterling Marlin, No. 14 Waste Management Chevrolet
  • Brent Sherman, No. 49 Schwan's Dodge
  • Kyle Petty, No. 45 Georgia-Pacific Dodge
  • Jeff Green, No. 0 NetZero Chevrolet
  • Dave Blaney, No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge
  • Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet
  • Michael Waltrip, No. 55 NAPA Chevrolet
  • Martin Truex Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
  • Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniels Chevrolet

    NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest dates, which will coincide with January's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Busch Series testing sessions at the "World Center of Racing," will be held on the following days:

  • Jan. 10: NASCAR Nextel Cup Fan Fest
  • Jan. 13: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Fan Fest
  • Jan. 17: NASCAR Nextel Cup Fan Fest
  • Jan. 21: NASCAR Busch Fan Fest

    The Fan Fest events, which include fan forums, bands, show cars, pit stop demonstrations and displays, start at 5 p.m. but fans will be able to enter the NEXTEL FANZONE beginning at 9 a.m. to watch all of the exciting testing action. Admissions for the NEXTEL Cup Fan Fest dates are $15 while Busch and Craftsman Truck Series admissions are $10.

    Fans can watch all of the January testing sessions free from the Oldfield Grandstands located just outside of DAYTONA USA:

  • Jan. 5-7: Grand American Rolex 24 At Daytona testing (all cars)
  • Jan. 9-11: NASCAR Nextel Cup (odd owner's points)
  • Jan. 13-14: NASCAR Craftsman Truck (all trucks)
  • Jan. 16-18: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup (even owner's points)
  • Jan. 20-22: NASCAR Busch Series (all cars)

    Tickets for NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fests are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
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