XFINITY, Truck Teams Test at Charlotte

Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney topped the charts with a 29.254-second lap at 184.590 mph. (Photo: Getty Images)

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CONCORD, N.C. - The roar of NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series engines filled the air on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as NASCAR Test Fest gave teams a rare tune-up session before the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder May 19-28.

Ryan Blaney, who is still searching for his first XFINITY Series victory at Charlotte, topped the charts with a 29.254-second lap at 184.590 mph. Brandon Jones, Tyler Reddick, Elliott Sadler and Brennan Poole rounded out the top five while Christopher Bell (150 laps), Cole Custer (147), William Byron (138) and Bubba Wallace (131) ran the most laps.

“It’s good to be out here,” said Blaney, whose No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang made 88 laps. “This track is tough and it changes a lot throughout the day. You can try things that you can’t try during a race weekend. We’re working on our cars and trying to get them back to where we were a couple of years ago. … The day went fairly well, which is encouraging.”

Camping World Truck Series regulars also tackled Charlotte’s iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway, with defending N.C. Education Lottery 200 winner Matt Crafton and his No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra team thankful to test.

“It’s good that this test goes from the day into the night because this race track changes more than any track we go to,” Crafton said. “I’m really glad about this test. … We use it to work on our 1.5-mile program.”

Defending series champion Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet Silverado, agreed with Crafton.

“Coming here to test is something that I look forward to,” Sauter said. “I think (the strategy is) similar for everybody to come here. … There are things that are unique about Charlotte versus other 1.5-mile race tracks and maybe you can hit on some of those sweet spots for here.”

Additionally, NASCAR Test Fest included the unveiling of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Monster Energy All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 race program covers. Sam Bass, NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist, designed the covers – his 83rd and 84th NASCAR Cup Series program cover designs for the speedway since May 1985.

 

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