For the second consecutive day, rain has reigned on NASCAR’s attempt to test its new Sprint Cup Series rules package at Kentucky Speedway.
After wet weather forced the postponement of Wednesday’s on-track activities, Thursday’s test session scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. was cancelled due to more rain and "weepers" — water creeping up through the asphalt.
NASCAR will not attempt to put Sprint Cup Series cars on track again until Friday, but a NASCAR spokesman said that the new lower-downforce rules package will still be used as planned in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400.
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"I think these teams and the technology that we have are so smart, and I think everybody has had this package in the wind tunnel. We don’t know what it’s gonna drive like, but we know it’s gonna be OK," driver Greg Biffle said. "This isn’t like, ‘Oh, I hope this works. We’ve got to get some practice in.’
"It would have been nice to get some testing in to kind of hone in that setup a little bit, but at the same time, it’s fair for everyone. It’s a level playing field. I didn’t get to test. They didn’t get to test, so when we get on the racetrack it’s gonna be fair for everyone."