LAS VEGAS – Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams tested tires for Goodyear Monday and today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Among those testing were Ricky Stenhouse Jr., A.J. Allmendinger, Joey Logano, Paul Menard and Juan Pablo Montoya.
Stenhouse, NASCAR Nationwide Series 2010 rookie of the year, drives the No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. With just two races remaining on the 2011 schedule (Phoenix and Homestead, Fla.), Stenhouse leads the point standings, just 17 ahead of Elliott Sadler.
While Stenhouse’s main function was to test tires for the manufacturer, his task did present two opportunities.
“Testing is going pretty good,” Stenhouse said during a break. “It’s got a really good speed, it’s fast and I think they’re learning a lot, so it’s going pretty good.
“I don’t get the opportunity to be in a (NASCAR Sprint) Cup (Series) car very often so I take full advantage of it from a driver’s standpoint. To learn the differences between our Nationwide cars and these Cup cars.”
Stenhouse finished eighth in the 2011 Sam’s Town 300 and 30th in 2010.
“I’ve only been here twice. The more laps you can get on a place, the better. Since we only come here once a year, it’s tough to get that experience, compared to the guys that have been coming here a long time. An opportunity like this is definitely appreciated.”
The tests were not open to the public.
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