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Three XFINITY Series teams to test at Daytona

XFINITY Series drafting

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR XFINITY Series teams ran their last restrictor-plate race of the season Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.
On Sunday, three of those teams will return to the 2.5-mile speedway to work with NASCAR officials, testing potential changes in the cars that could lessen the tandem drafting that occurs when one car intentionally pushes another for an extended period of time, enabling the two to move more quickly through the field.
The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with driver Daniel Suarez, the No. 22 of Team Penske with driver Ryan Blaney and the No. 33 of Brandon Jones (Richard Childress Racing) are scheduled to participate in the one-day test.
While NASCAR polices such incidents with a no-push rule, it's one that has been scrutinized often in restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway.
Instituted in 2014, the edict allows drivers to "bump-draft" or shove another car in an effort to pass others, but constant contact will draw a penalty from officials.
Officials are expected to look at several changes aimed at making the cars more similar to those in the Sprint Cup Series, where the front and rear of the cars don't match up sufficiently to enable one car to push another effectively. Sprint Cup cars currently cannot run an extended number of laps without risking damage to the engine of the trailing car due to overheating.
Friday night’s race, won by Sprint Cup Series competitor Aric Almirola, was the 15th of 33 on this year's schedule. The series' inaugural Chase will consist of the final seven races of the season, and will begin at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24.

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