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Daytona Teases NASCAR Race Fans

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The Daytona 500 is just over a month away but NASCAR fans got to see many of their favorite drivers take to the high banks in mostly primer colored race cars at Daytona International Speedway in Florida during three days of testing this week known as “Preseason Thunder.” 

There were some eye popping speeds turned which whet the appetite of race fans who cannot wait for Speed Weeks to begin. Many drivers on hand went over 200 mph. 

NASCAR asked interested teams to participate in a 30 minute test session with the cars all racing in a big pack.  Most drivers did so but five-time champion Jimmie Johnson opted out.  Johnson’s crew chief, Chad Knaus, was on vacation in Africa but stayed in touch via text and email.  Knaus told Johnson to skip the mass drafting session.

Over 30 Sprint Cup Series drivers participated in the testing session.  Danica Patrick drew much of the attention from media and fans as she prepares to make her Cup debut and her first Daytona 500.  Patrick will be driving for NASCAR champion Tony Stewart’s race team in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.

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