NASCAR Tests 2013 Cup Cars

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Kevin Harvick puts the new 2013 Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet through its paces Tuesday at Martinsville Speedway. (Photo: Martinsville Speedway)


MARTINSVILLE, Va. – NASCAR rolled out its new 2013 Sprint Cup Series cars at Martinsville Speedway on Tuesday.

After a few laps on the track in the morning, Carl Edwards didn’t know much about his No. 99 Ford's performance.  But he was positive about one thing, however.

“It looks like a neat racecar," said Edwards, who was among the drivers taking part in a two-day Goodyear Tire test - joining Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick.  “I like going fast.  I like the competition and I really like good-looking racecars.”

Edwards expects his new Ford Fusion to be solid on the racetrack.

"From a competitive side, it (the new car) can only be good for us," he said.  "Our team responds well to changes.  With the COT (Car of Tomorrow), we had a lot of success when it first came on the scene so I think anything different is good."

As much as anything, though, Tuesday provided Edwards with an opportunity to get seat time at Martinsville, a track where he has often struggled.

“I’m just glad to be getting some laps at Martinsville," he said.  "It’s a track that’s been really, really difficult for me personally and our Roush Fenway team for a couple of years now.  I like this place.  It’s fun to drive.  I just want to get faster.”

The tire test concludes Wednesday.  It's open to the public free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT).

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