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Ten teams on deck for two-day Chicagoland test

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Ten Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams are scheduled to take part in a two-day organizational test Tuesday and Wednesday at Chicagoland Speedway in preparation for this season’s playoff opener, set for Sunday, Sept. 17.

Expected to be on hand to represent their respective organizations are seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports), Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing), Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing), Ty Dillon (Germain Racing), Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing), Brad Keselowski (Team Penske), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing), Aric Almirola (Richard Petty Motorsports), Kurt Busch (Stewart-Haas Racing) and Ryan Blaney (Wood Brothers Racing).

According to the NASCAR National Series Master Unified Test policy, no more than one team from each company may take part in an organizational test.

In addition to the teams testing, Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota will have their respective wheel force cars on hand at the 1.5-mile track to gather data. Alex Bowman is scheduled to drive the Chevrolet WFT car while David Ragan (Ford) and Drew Herring (Toyota) will handle the testing work for their respective manufacturers.

Among those currently not scheduled to test at Chicago are Furniture Row Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing and Front Row Motorsports. Furniture Row fields the No. 78 Toyota of points leader Martin Truex Jr., in addition to the No. 77 of Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Erik Jones. Truex is the defending race winner at Chicago.

The Tales of the Turtles 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR) is the first of 10 races that make up this year’s playoffs.

Fans can watch the test from 1-4 p.m. for a donation of $10 to Racing Advocate for Community Enrichment, the track’s charitable entity. Admission for children 12 and under is a $5 donation. Fans who have purchased tickets to next month’s races at Chicagoland will be admitted free of charge.

Thursday, Aug. 17 is scheduled as a rain day in case of inclement weather during the test.

This week’s test is the third organizational test of the season. Two more remain, Oct. 10-11 at Martinsville Speedway and Oct. 24-25 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.