SPARTA, Ky.—Jimmie Johnson, comfortably atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings, would like to see Hendrick Motorsports save its four allotted tests at Cup tracks for venues in the Chase — unless a test will help a teammate qualify for the playoff.
Johnson, however, realizes that other organizations won’t have that luxury, especially if they’re on the Chase bubble.
“The other teams in that bubble area — you’ll see a lot of tests and you’ll hear a lot about testing,” Johnson said Friday at Kentucky Speedway. “Teams have been very smart about preserving test sessions.
“And as we get closer to the Chase, I think you’ll see a lot of teams in that 8-to-14 or 8-to-12 range using those test sessions to make sure they have good finishes and collect a lot of points.”