Cup Teams Add Test Dates
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on August 26, 2013 | 4:44 P.M. EST
Ryan Newman, who is trying to make the Chase, is among those testing at Richmond International Raceway this week. (Photo: Getty Images)
Several NASCAR Sprint Cup teams - from those on the Chase bubble to title contenders - tested Monday and will do so Tuesday at Cup tracks.
NASCAR allows teams four tests at tracks that host Cup races. Many teams saved at least some, if not all of their tests, for this time of the season.
Stewart-Haas Racing’s Ryan Newman, Mark Martin and Danica Patrick are testing Monday and Tuesday at Richmond International Raceway. They’ll be joined by Travis Kvapil and David Reutimann of BK Racing and Swan Racing’s David Stremme.
The Richmond race will determine the Chase field. Newman holds the final Wild Card spot heading into Sunday night’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Chicagoland Speedway, which hosts the opening, had several teams testing today. They all will be back Tuesday.
Testing are the teams of Joe Gibbs Racing, including Bristol winner Matt Kenseth, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Penske Racing.
Here’s a list of tests scheduled for Cup tracks through the end of the season.
Richmond International Raceway
Aug. 26-27: Stewart Haas Racing, BK Racing, Swan Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports
Oct. 22-23: Goodyear tire test for 2014 (teams to be determined)
Aug. 27-28: Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Penske Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Aug. 13-14: Hendrick Motorsports
Sept. 3: Richard Childress Racing
Dover International Speedway
Sept. 16-17: Penske Racing
Oct. 3: All Cup teams given a test day since Goodyear is bringing a new tire.
Oct. 7-9: Roush Fenway Racing
Oct. 8-9: Furniture Row Racing, Brad Keselowski Racing
Texas Motor Speedway
Oct. 14-15: Hendrick Motorsports
Oct. 16: Roush Fenway Racing.
Oct. 22-23: Richard Childress Racing
Phoenix International Raceway
Sept. 10-11: Goodyear tire test with teams of Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Juan Pablo Montoya, Brian Vickers, Jeff Burton
Bristol Motor Speedway
Sept. 17: Goodyear tire test for Nationwide teams of Trevor Bayne, Regan Smith and Kyle Busch for 2014.