Cup Series teams set for organizational test in Martinsville



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NASCAR Cup Series teams are scheduled to participate in an organizational test this week at Martinsville Speedway.

Teams plan to be on track from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Tuesday and Wednesday at the 0.526-mile Virginia Oval. The sessions will be a key focus ahead of the Cup Series’ return on October 30 for the Xfinity 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBC, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM), the penultimate event of the season and the decision race that will lock into the Championship 4 field.

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Organizations fielding one or two cars in the Cup Series are allowed to test one car this week at Martinsville; organizations with three or four Cup Series teams can test two cars. Officials said multiple drivers from the same organization can test the same car. The full list of participating teams and drivers will be announced at a later date.

A Goodyear tire test was held in Martinsville at the end of June, with Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric and Tyler Reddick taking part – one driver representing each manufacturer. NASCAR officials said no technical changes are planned for the two-day test this week, and teams will use a new tire based on results from the Goodyear session.

William Byron is the most recent Cup Series winner on the historic short track, taking a victory on April 9 in the Next Gen car’s debut at Martinsville.

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