SPARTA, KY (FOX19) - By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)
Seven NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, Greg Biffle, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Travis Kvapil, David Reutimann and Mark Martin, took part in a Goodyear tire test on Wednesday at the Kentucky Speedway just five weeks in advance of the inaugural Sprint Cup race at the track.
Logano, the three-time defending Nationwide Series race winner at Kentucky, was pleased with the way the tires held up after his morning run.
"Goodyear brought one tire that they want to focus on and this is kind of reassuring themselves that this is the tire they want," the 21-year-old driver said.
"If there was going to be a problem you would see it now, on a green racetrack," Logano said in between the morning and afternoon sessions. "But you can see the track starting to rubber up. We're putting rubber down, but not too much down. [The track has] got decent grip. So I think the tires are going to be fine."
The seven Cup drivers all took turns going out and running laps while checking in with Goodyear officials on pit road and in the garage area to check on tire wear. The test began around 9:30 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m.
Greg Biffle, who won the first-ever race at Kentucky, the 2000 Camping World Truck Series race, was glad to be back at Kentucky.
"The facility has always been impressive," Biffle said. "It's neat to see it coming to life with the added grandstands. Fans are going to have a good time when they come."
Fans were allowed to view the test outside the Kentucky Speedway office building near turn three. Goodyear only allowed Biffle and Logano to chat with media members in between the two sessions.