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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Longer Offseason Gets Mixed Support from Teams

NASCAR’s 2015 testing ban nixed Daytona testing, which gave drivers more time off and teams more time to prepare for the season. It also eliminated Daytona International Speedway’s popular Thunder Fan Fest that accompanied the early preparation event every January. But the fans' loss seemed benefit some drivers and team members with more time off. NASCAR teams can now participate only in NASCAR and Goodyear tests. Gone are private testing sessions at various tracks. The testing ban that made the offseason longer was put in place to help teams save funds for some equipment and for travel to and from tracks, which requires costly team lodging. The new testing rule may give crew members more time with family, but it looks like the ...

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