"In The Draft" Previews the Upcoming Goodyear Tire Test
A trio of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will visit Kentucky Speedway this week for a two-day Goodyear tire test before turning their attention to the season's longest race.
The teams for Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Penske Racing Ford), Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) and Brian Vickers (No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota) will spend Tuesday and Wednesday testing Goodyear tires at Kentucky Speedway ahead of next month's Quaker State 400.
Keselowski won the speedway's Sprint Cup race and series championship in 2012, and also owns a pair of Nationwide Series victories at the track. McMurray is coming off a $1 million victory in the Sprint All-Star race Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Vickers ranks 10th in the Sprint Cup standings through 11 races this season.
The tire test also will include representatives from the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Expected to participate are the Nationwide teams for Regan Smith (No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet) and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford). Smith finished third in the Nationwide Series race on Sunday at Iowa Speedway and is two points behind Chase Elliott in third place in the standings. Bayne is fifth in points, 36 behind Elliott after 10 races.
Representing the Camping World Truck Series will be the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota team (Matt Crafton) and No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet (Ben Kennedy). Crafton is the series' defending champion and its current points leader. Kennedy sits sixth in the series' standings.
One of the Nationwide teams and one of the Camping World Truck teams will be at the track each day. Sprint Cup teams will participate both days before returning to North Carolina. Opening practice for this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 is Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday, June 28 will cap a tripleheader race weekend at Kentucky Speedway that includes the Camping World Truck UNOH 225 on Thursday, June 26 and the Nationwide Series' John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 on Friday, June 27.
For last year's Sprint Cup race weekend, Goodyear supplied teams in each series with the same right-side tire used by Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams at Kentucky in 2011 and 2012. The left-side tire used by Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams last June featured a construction change and was new to Kentucky.