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Sprint Cup teams chart path for midweek Bristol test

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will be looking to get a jump on the competition for next month's annual night race at Bristol Motor Speedway as several teams are scheduled to take part in an open test this Wednesday at the 0.533-mile track.

 

Team Penske driver Joey Logano, the defending winner of the Irwin Tools Night Race, heads up a list that includes Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing), Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), David Ragan (Michael Waltrip Racing), Paul Menard (Richard Childress Racing), Carl Edwards (Joe Gibbs Racing), Danica Patrick (Stewart-Haas Racing), Ryan Blaney (Wood Brothers Racing), Kasey Kahne (Hendrick Motorsports) and Aric Almirola (Richard Petty Motorsports). The list of teams testing is subject to change.

 

A two-day Goodyear tire test previously scheduled for Monday and Tuesday has been canceled.

 

The Bristol race will be one of the final three opportunities for drivers to earn one of the 16 positions in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup, which kicks off Sunday, Sept. 20 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

 

Drivers already assured of a Chase berth (by starting the remaining non-Chase races) are six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick) and teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., defending Sprint Cup champ Kevin Harvick (SHR) and Kurt Busch (SHR).

 

The BMS session will be the 10th such opportunity for teams to test and gather data under NASCAR's 2015 National Series Unified Testing Policy. The sanctioning body no longer allows private team testing for any of its national touring series.

 

The Irwin Tools Night Race is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR).

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