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Weather postpones NASCAR Cup Series short track package test

Due to possible inclement weather, NASCAR postponed a highly-anticipated test of a new Cup Series short track package.

The sanctioning body will hold the test July 31 and August 1 in Richmond. They originally scheduled the test for July 17 and 18 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Christopher Bell, Harrison Burton, William Byron, Justin Haley, Ryan Preece and Erik Jones were going to be a part of the New Hampshire test. It’s unknown if any of them won’t be able to do the Richmond test.

Austin DIllon (left) races Ryan Preece (right) going into turn three at Phoenix Raceway in the March 2023 United Rentals 500. Photo by Dominic Aragon/TRE

Those involved in the test will try out a newly-designed splitter. NASCAR R&D Center engineers developed in the wind tunnel. They anticipate it will help drivers maneuver better in dirty air.

For this season, NASCAR reduced the downforce on the Cup Series cars to help with dirty air. However, some drivers, like Chase Elliott, said it has felt like there has been little to no change.

Photo by Dominic Aragon/TRE

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