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XFINITY and Truck teams to test at Charlotte

Original post 4/27/2017 An all-star cast of drivers will take to Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCAR Test Fest on May 2 in a fan-friendly shakedown of NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series machines before the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder May 19-28.

Scheduled to participate are Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski as well as more than 40 NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series drivers. Grandstands will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Additionally, fans can enjoy exclusive “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.

XFINITY Series cars will test from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. before the Camping World Truck Series drivers roll onto the iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway from 3 p.m.-9 p.m.

While an improved setup is the reward for participating teams, race fans are the real winners. Speedway Club members, season ticket holders, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ticket holders and Cup Series ticket buyers on Tuesday get special infield access and can watch the test from atop the Pit Suites overlooking pit road.

The Speedway Club will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Speedway Club members and season ticket holders should check in first at the Smith Tower ticket office to receive a wristband for infield access. Two parent signatures are required on waiver registration for minors to enter the infield.

Drivers scheduled to participate Tuesday include:

NASCAR 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

NASCAR 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

— Charlotte Motor Speedway —

UPDATE – 5/2/2017: 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 miles per hour. 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.

— Charlotte Motor Speedway —