BRISTOL, Tenn. - It might still be a month away from the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway, but if you wander by the track this week it will look like racing is in full swing.
Nearly every Nextel Cup team is expected to be in the area this week for two days of crucial Car of Tomorrow test sessions.
Testing is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday and is open to the public free of charge.
With the Car of Tomorrow slated to debut at BMS on March 25 in the Food City 500, teams will be looking to work out any kinks in NASCAR's next generation race car.
NASCAR says its Car of Tomorrow project has three objectives: driver safety; improved performance and competition; and more efficient cost management for the teams.
The test sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. An hour break in on-track action is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. each day.
Fans wishing to watch can enter BMS through the South entrance (near Peerless Woodworking) and access the backstretch grandstands through Gate 6. Free parking will be in Lot B, directly across from Gate 6. Spectator gates will open at 8:45 a.m. both days. Concessions will be available.
The speedway will also have specially priced pole day and Sharpie MINI 300 Busch Series tickets on sale.
Fans attending either day of the test session can purchase a Family Four-Pack (two adult and two children's tickets) to the Sharpie MINI 300 for $99, while anyone purchasing a regularly priced ticket to the Sharpie MINI 300 also may purchase a pole day ticket for $5.
Fans wishing to purchase pole day tickets only may do so for $10 each. The specially priced tickets are available only during the two-day test.
The Nextel Cup Food City 500 is sold out, the 50th straight time a Cup race has been a sellout at Bristol.