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McREYNOLDS: To make most of Daytona test -- and don't burn another -- teams must get in the draft
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To test or not to test after DaytonaThis year's round of Daytona testing is going to be even different and mean more this year because in the past, teams had seven tests to play with over the course of a year. If you went to Daytona and didn't run well, you would go home and make major adjustments -- whether it's engine, car or body adjustments -- and you'd test at Talladega the latter part of January. With only five tests starting this year, it's going to be tough to go to Talladega because you will have only three tests left for the rest of the year. But it's a catch-22. Daytona is the Super Bowl. It builds your momentum for the season in a lot of ways. Although
Test order: From makes to pointsFor years and years, testing dates were determined by which manufacturer you had. The GM teams would test one week, and the Ford teams would test another week. Now with a third manufacturer (Dodge) and so many divisions that have to test -- like Busch, Goody's Dash, Trucks -- they had to break down the Winston Cup test a little differently. Now if you finished in an odd-numbered points position -- 1,3, 5, 7 and so on -- you test this week, regardless of what make you are. If you finished in an even-numbered spots -- 2, 4, 6, 8, etc. -- you go next week.
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