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Another Event, Another Rain Delay as Kentucky Test Interrupted

Rain, rain, go away!

In what has been a recurring theme for NASCAR teams this season, rain once again put on-track activities on hold Wednesday afternoon, when Sprint Cup teams were scheduled to hold two two-hour practice sessions at Kentucky Speedway.

The first session, scheduled from 3-5 p.m., was canceled due to showers in the area. Teams sat in the infield waiting for the rain to stop falling.

The second session, scheduled from 6-8 p.m., hasn’t been canceled, but will start when the track is dry, tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m., and last for three hours.

The unusual allowance of a test was designed to allow all teams to have a chance to shake down the new intermediate track package being tested in this weekend’s Quaker State 400. The package, which includes a 3.5-inch splitter, a .75-inch splitter and a 25-inch radiator pan, is designed to create more passing and reduce the dependence on clean air.

If rain continues throughout the night, NASCAR officials have said teams can take to the track on Thursday to test the new setup. Teams are allowed to use data acquisition in the cars during the test, and can use the car they will be racing this weekend if they choose.

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Sean, should that read “3.5 inch spoiler” instead of “3.5 inch splitter”?

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