Open Test Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preseason Thunder | Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 13: A pack of cars during Daytona Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway on January 13, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

NASCAR has again mandated pack-drafting at Daytona International Speedway for Saturday's final Preseason Thunder test session. With speeds topping 200 mph, there should be a multitude of topics to discuss. With that in mind, I've posted an open (test) thread. After all, it's the preseason for us bloggers and media-types too.

Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne topped the charts in the morning session, a two-car tandem test with speeds of 201.545 - both drivers. (Full morning session times can be found after the jump.)

The afternoon session will be pack drafting only and in response, three teams have decided not to participate. All three Stewart-Haas cars of Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Danica Patrick will not pack draft. They are done for the month.

This is in addition to five-time Series champion Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus deciding to only test single-car runs. The duo decided that drafting is too much of a risk for what they hope is a race-winning car. They are also believed to be done for the month.

Pack drafting, larger restrictor plates and new faces in new places. These are the weekend's top stories. What's on your mind? Tell us in the comments section below.

Let's rock.

NSCS Day 3 AM Practice Session
Daytona Intl Speedway
1/14/2012 - 12:03:50PM

Pos No Name Make BestTime BestSpeed
1 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 44.655 201.545
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 44.655 201.545
3 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 45.121 199.464
4 55 Mark Martin Toyota 45.122 199.459
5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy 45.134 199.406
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 45.136 199.397
7 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 45.215 199.049
8 78 Regan Smith Chevy 45.216 199.045
9 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 46.283 194.456
10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 46.644 192.951
11 27 Paul Menard Chevy 46.721 192.633
12 10 Danica Patrick Chevy 46.868 192.029
13 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 46.904 191.881
14 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 46.955 191.673
15 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 46.967 191.624
16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 47.010 191.449
17 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 47.013 191.436
18 43 Aric Almirola Ford 47.056 191.261
19 20 Joey Logano Toyota 47.102 191.075
20 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 47.176 190.775
21 16 Greg Biffle Ford 47.188 190.726
22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 47.195 190.698
23 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 47.217 190.609
24 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 47.260 190.436
25 56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 47.276 190.371
26 99 Carl Edwards Ford 47.317 190.206
27 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 47.408 189.841
28 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 47.534 189.338
29 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 47.739 188.525
30 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 47.855 188.068

Some Notes:
Drivers are working on single and double car runs.
The teams of #13-Mears and #39-Newman left after yesterday's tests ended.
Drivers are expected to test in a large pack at the beginning of the afternoon session.(1-14-2012)

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