NASCAR Teams testing at Phoenix this week

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick has won six of the last nine races at Phoenix International Raceway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Which is why, teammate Clint Bowyer said, it makes sense for the 2014 champion to represent SHR during next week's organizational test at the 1-mile track located in Avondale, Arizona.

The two-day test is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Only one team per organization is allowed to participate in NASCAR organizational tests.

Thirteen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams are scheduled to participate in the two-day test. Among them are Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, and Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 Toyota, for Joe Gibbs Racing.

The test will be the first for many teams with NASCAR's newest rules package. Four teams took part in a two-day Goodyear tire test earlier this month at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the '17 setup.

This year's race package features reductions in the size of the splitter and spoiler height, a tapered rear deck fin and zero net rear steer.

Other drivers scheduled to attend the test are #3-Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing), #13-Ty Dillon (Germain Racing), #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing), #21-Ryan Blaney (Wood Brothers Racing), #22-Joey Logano (Team Penske), #42-Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), #43-Aric Almirola (Richard Petty Motorsports), #47-AJ Allmendinger (JTG Daugherty Racing), #77-Erik Jones (Furniture Row Racing) and #95-Michael McDowell (Leavine Family Racing).

Additional organizational tests for 2017 are slated for New Hampshire Motor Speedway (May 30-31), Chicagoland Speedway (Aug. 15-16), Martinsville Speedway (Oct. 10-11) and Homestead Miami Speedway (Oct. 24-25).

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