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Rain washes out Thursday Tests at Daytona

January 09, 2014, Kenny Bruce,

Friday's testing periods to be extended

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The only cars on the race track for Day 1 of Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway were trucks.
Trucks pulling jet dryers and the Air Titan track drying system.
Sprint Cup Series cars, scheduled for two days of testing here on the 2.5-mile superspeedway, remained in the garage as rain washed out the scheduled first day of testing for the series.

Officials pulled the plug at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Preseason Thunder features two scheduled days of testing for Cup teams, followed by two days for the Nationwide Series (Saturday-Sunday) and two days for the Camping World Truck Series (Monday-Tuesday).
With the loss of Thursday's time on track, officials shuffled the original schedule and said Friday's session will run "as long as necessary."
Teams will test through lunch and could extend as late as 7 or 8 p.m. depending on how early cars are able to get on track Friday.
Most competitors spent the day trying to find ways to occupy their time.
“I walked to the truck; I walked to the car. Walked back to the truck, and then back to the car. It's been pretty boring out there today," Team Penske driver Joey Logano said.

The Sprint Cup Series will open its 2014 season with the running of the Daytona 500, scheduled for Feb. 23.
According to track officials, all of Thursday’s fan fest activities were expected to remain on schedule with no change in location.


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