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Social Roundup: Cup teams take part in Las Vegas test

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We’re now 18 days away from the Daytona 500 and 11 days away from the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway.

But NASCAR racing is already here.

Multiple Cup teams are taking part in a two-day test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and we have the video and pictures to prove it.

Darrell Wallace Jr. was first on track in Day 1 of the test. It’s his first action as the full-time driver of the No. 43 Chevrolet.

Apparently, the rookie driver for Richard Petty Motorsports was a little eager to burn rubber.

Ryan Newman had the fastest lap time early, but rookie William Byron went to the top within two hours in his first track time in the No. 24 for Hendrick Motorsports.

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NASCAR America: Championship contenders part of Homestead-Miami test

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With only three races left until the NASCAR season ends at Homestead-Miami Speedway, some of the remaining playoff contenders got a chance to take part in a two-day test at the 1.5-mile track.

Eight teams were present for the test, including five of the eight that are still in the playoffs.

Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin and defending race winner and champion Jimmie Johnson took part.

NASCAR America analysts Jeff Burton and Parker Kligerman discussed what teams can gain from the test, especially this close to the championship race.

“You have sometimes where it’s a younger driver who is trying actually to learn the track, it’s invaluable seat time,” Kligerman said. “(Jimmie Johnson) doesn’t need to learn that track. He knows how to get around there, he knows how to win. But he also knows the feel he’s looking for within that race car to make it as good as it has been when he’s won there before.”

Said Burton: “When you have a test in April, you’re more testing setups, you’re more testing principles and ideas. But it’s very difficult for this test, (for) the last race of the year, to not be specifically about that race track. Because when you go back, there’s so much on the line. If you’re testing in May and June, you’re thinking big picture.”

Watch the above video to hear from drivers at the test and more.

Blake Koch shows off custom scheme at Charlotte test

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CONCORD, N.C. — Last month, Harrison Burton revealed a new paint scheme for his K&N Pro Series East ride that puts his car number on the rear quarter panels and the primary sponsor loud and proud on each door panel.

Someone at Kaulig Racing was on the same wave length.

When Burton’s announcement was made on April 6, a car with a similar look was already sitting on the shop floor of the team in the Xfinity Series. Driver Blake Koch had his own reveal Monday night on Twitter.

This is the first year K&N teams have been allowed to use the new number layout. NASCAR updated its rulebook for the series on March 9 with a bulletin allowing numbers and other forms of identification to be on the quarter panels. The format is also permitted in the Canadian-based Pinty’s Series.

The custom look for Koch’s No. 11 Chevrolet was made specifically for Tuesday’s Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series test at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The black car with sponsor Leaf Filter on each side stood out among other cars which paced the track in either plain black or gray or the car’s normal paint scheme.

“(General manager and crew chief) Chris Rice sent me a picture of that design before Harrison Burton announced his paint scheme,” Koch told NBC Sports between test runs Tuesday. “I really like Harrison’s. Anything you can do to make your sponsor bigger on the car is a plus.”

Kaulig Racing didn’t have to get any permission from NASCAR to have fun with its paint scheme for Tuesday.

“I’m not too sure NASCAR is ready to go to this style change yet,” Koch said. “But you never know. In the future, I think it’s great to be able to have the sponsor big. And it looks cool for our test car.  Just something a little bit different to grab some attention on social media.”

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Harvick, Keselowski part of Xfinity, Truck ‘Test Fest’ at Charlotte on Tuesday

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With NASCAR’s two-week stint at Charlotte Motor Speedway looming next month, the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series will have an all-day “Test Fest” next Tuesday at the 1.5-mile track.

Fans will be able to attend the test, which goes from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET.

Cup drivers Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney (Team Penske) and Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing) will be among the drivers participating in the Xfinity portion of test, which goes from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Either Denny Hamlin or Erik Jones will be among the four drivers who test for Joe Gibbs Racing. Truck driver Christopher Bell will be one of the four.

The Truck Series will run from 3 – 9 p.m. ET

Frontstretch grandstands will be open to the public. Speedway Club members, season ticket holders, race ticket holders and fans who purchase Cup tickets on Tuesday can watch the test from the infield pit suites and will receive guided garage tours.

Fans will also be able to participate in “Spin to Win” games that reward participants with free parking, concession bucks (good for food and drinks on race weekends), camping discounts or half-price adult tickets to the Hisense 4K TV 300 on May 27.

Here’s all the drivers and teams participating in the test.

Xfinity Series
Chip Ganassi Racing: Tyler Reddick, Brennan Poole

Stewart-Haas Racing: Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer

JGL Racing: Dakoda Armstrong

GMS Racing: Spencer Gallagher, Ben Kennedy

JR Motorsports: Elliott Sadler, Michael Annett, Justin Allgaier, William Byron

Richard Childress Racing: Brandon Jones, Brendan Gaughan, Daniel Hemric

Joe Gibbs Racing: Matt Tifft, Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin or Erik Jones

Brandonbilt Motorsports: Brandon Brown

Biagi DenBeste Racing: Casey Mears

Roush Fenway Racing: Darrell Wallace Jr., Ryan Reed

Kaulig Racing: Blake Koch

Team Penske: Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney

Camping World Truck Series
Hattori Racing: Ryan Truex

Kyle Busch Motorsports: Christopher Bell, Noah Gragson, Myatt Snider

GMS Racing: Johnny Sauter, Justin Haley, Kaz Grala, Spencer Gallagher

Brad Keselowski Racing: Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe

ThorSport Racing: Cody Coughlin, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger

Red Horse Racing: Brett Moffitt, Timothy Peters

NEMCO Motorsports: John Hunter Nemechek

AM Racing: Austin Wayne Self

Brandonbilt Motorsports: Brandon Brown

MDM Motorsports: Brandon Jones

Young’s Motorsports: Austin Hill

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Twelve Sprint Cup drivers scheduled for Aug. 23 test Chicagoland

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Twelve Sprint Cup teams are scheduled to take part in a organizational test at Chicagoland Speedway next week ahead of the Sept. 18 race at the 1.5-mile track.

Each Sprint Cup organization is allowed to send one team to take part in the test, which is Aug. 23.

The drivers are:

Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing)

Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing)

Ryan Blaney (Wood Brothers Racing)

Joey Logano (Team Penske)

David Ragan (BK Racing)

Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing)

Chris Buescher (Front Row Motorsports)

Brian Scott (Richard Petty Motorsports)

Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports)

Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing)

Michael McDowell (Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing)

From 1 – 4 p.m. the test will be open to fans who have proof of purchase of tickets for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400. The track’s box office will be open to fans wanting to purchase tickets prior to the start of the test.

The Sept. 18 race at Chicagoland marks the beginning of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. Denny Hamlin is the defending winner of the race.