Tyler Reddick drives the No. 3 Chevrolet during organizational testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway
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Class in session as Day 1 of organizational test wraps at Homestead-Miami

NASCAR Cup Series teams closed out the first of two days of an organizational test at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Tuesday with drivers offering their intent to continue learning the Next Gen car.

The Team Penske duo of Austin Cindric and Joey Logano posted the fastest laps in Tuesday’s session, with the rookie Daytona 500 winner Cindric pacing the field at 165.548 mph. But drivers said the prime focus was to gather data, information and a better feel for the seventh-generation stocker ahead of its first event there, the Dixie Vodka 400 on Oct. 23 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM).

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“Just kind of learning this car at this race track,” said Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron, the track’s most recent winner back in February 2021. “Try to get a baseline set-up, I would say, and maybe a couple things apply to Texas, possibly. So just try to keep learning this car and just get a little bit better.”

The organizational test session is scheduled to continue Wednesday, with wheel-force cars from each manufacturer joining the action Wednesday and Thursday. Drivers and teams welcomed the extra track time, a luxury in the streamlined practice and qualifying format introduced this season.

With the opportunity for more laps available, the chance to take more drastic swings at car setups also increased.

“To me it’s less about tuning and getting prepared for when we come back to Homestead, as it is learning overall and trying some things that maybe we haven’t had the opportunity to try,” said Front Row Motorsports’ Michael McDowell. “I mean, if you think about practice this year, you get 20 minutes and you go right out for qualifying. You cannot make big changes; they won’t allow you to. So here we’re going to try a few things that we probably haven’t gotten to try throughout the season.”

Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition, said during a Tuesday morning appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that no changes in rules configurations were planned during the test days.

“NASCAR doesn’t have a real agenda for the organizational tests,” Miller told SiriusXM. “This is completely whatever the teams want to do working on setups, working on whatever it is that they’re doing to collect data, to better understand the Next Gen to help with setups down the road. So it’s one of their few opportunities to go to a race track, collect all the data that they want and need and experiment, have time to wildly change setups and try to understand different things. So it’s an important test for the teams, but for us, we have a presence down there obviously, but we have no agenda or for anything on the docket for the teams to do. It’s their test.”

Position Car No. Name Make Team Best Speed Laps Run
1 2 Austin Cindric Ford Team Penske 165.548 116
2 22 Joey Logano Ford Team Penske 165.497 124
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 165.320 117
4 6 Brad Keselowski Ford RFK Racing 165.264 133
5 19 Christopher Bell Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 165.249 157
6 3 Tyler Reddick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 165.122 143
7 34 Michael McDowell Ford Front Row Motorsports 164.916 115
8 7 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet Spire Motorsports 164.735 100
9 23 John Hunter Nemechek Toyota 23XI Racing 164.419 120
10 4 Kevin Harvick Ford Stewart-Haas Racing 164.399 178
11 24 William Byron Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 164.149 159
12 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Chevrolet JTG-Daugherty Racing 164.014 102
13 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 163.979 124
14 31 Justin Haley Chevrolet Kaulig Racing 163.800 76
15 14 Chase Briscoe Ford Stewart-Haas Racing 163.676 111
16 1 Daniel Suárez Chevrolet Trackhouse Racing 163.626 189
17 43 Erik Jones Chevrolet Petty GMS 162.921 127
18 21 Harrison Burton Ford Wood Brothers Racing 162.206 63