NASCAR teams finally get in day of testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 18: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowes, in action during NASCAR Testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on January 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 18:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowes, in action during NASCAR Testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on January 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)
CHARLOTTE, NC – JANUARY 18: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowes, in action during NASCAR Testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on January 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It took a day of waiting thanks to the weather, but Friday more than 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers were finally able to test NASCAR’s new Gen 6 car at the 1.5 mile Charlotte Motor Speedway.

At the end of the day Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola turned the fastest lap of 27.832 seconds at 194.021 mph.  Carl Edwards at 193.673 mph and Casey Mears  at 193.382 mph were second and third with Marcos Ambrose 193.285 mph and Jimmie Johnson 192.795 mph rounded out the top five.

As teams waited out track drying Friday morning Roush-Fenway driver Greg Biffle said whatever time they could get on the track was important. MORE>>>

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