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2014 Daytona Preseason Thunder: Nationwide Series testing new rules for drafting

Elliott Sadler was among the drivers testing a new rules package at Daytona
Elliott Sadler was among the drivers testing a new rules package at Daytona

Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide Series driver Elliott Sadler was among the drivers testing new rules for drafting in Nationwide Series sessions at Daytona International Speedway this weekend, part of Daytona’s Preseason Thunder test sessions. Teams tested new cooling systems designed to eliminate tandem drafting and searched for new ways to find speed at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, where the Nationwide Series season opens on Saturday, February 22nd.

Teams also tested a new rear spring package and a 4.5-inch spoiler, designed to give the cars more stability in the pack. Feedback from the test will be reviewed to allow NASCAR to make tweaks heading into the season.

“It was good to see everybody get out there and get right to drafting,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition and racing development. “I'm really pleased with the test. Our conversations that we've had with the drivers have been positive and Wayne (Auton, NASCAR Nationwide Series Managing Director) is getting good feedback from the garage. It looks like a good effort on everybody's part to do all the right things out there. It looked really nice.”

Sadler, who participated in all four test sessions on Saturday and Sunday, was 16th-fastest in the Sunday morning session with a fast lap of 179.444 mph (50.155 seconds). In the afternoon session, he increased his speed to 186.714 mph (48.202 seconds).

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