NASCAR Testing at Richmond

Teams to test Goodyear tires at Richmond
Teams to test Goodyear tires at Richmond

A week after testing at Darlington Raceway, it's off to Richmond International Raceway for Goodyear officials and a handful of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. The official tire supplier for NASCAR will test with four teams Tuesday at the 0.75-mile track in preparation for this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup cutoff race. Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), Trevor Bayne (Roush Fenway Racing) and David Ragan (Michael Waltrip Racing) are scheduled to take part in the Goodyear tire test.

NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Brian Scott (Richard Childress Racing) will also take part, stepping into the #27 for driver Paul Menard. The four will join several others on Wednesday for an open team test. According to officials, those scheduled to be on hand are Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports), Carl Edwards (Joe Gibbs Racing), Joey Logano (Team Penske), Sam Hornish Jr. (Richard Petty Motorsports), Jeff Green (The Motorsports Group) and Clay Rogers (Beard Motorsports).

Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager for global race tires, said several options would be considered. "We've got a pretty good baseline at Richmond," he said. "I don't want to move too far off of that. We're not going to test a whole lot of different things. We ran a (multi-) zone tread at Richmond; we'll try a couple of zone treads, we'll try a couple of non-zone treads to see what happens … we don't have a real big program (scheduled) so we can get that done in a day." Wednesday's test will be open to fans, with access to the grandstands through Gate 70 only.

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