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DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 26: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 26, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 26: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 26, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE – SEPTEMBER 26: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 26, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

DOVER, Del.—There’s an aspect to NASCAR’s test ban in 2015 that is drawing favorable response from drivers and their teams.

Without elective testing, and with January’s Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona canceled, the NASCAR community should have more of a true offseason.

True, drivers will travel to various markets to promote the sport, but the teams should benefit from additional time away from the track.

“I think it is good—and not really (just) for the drivers,” said Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards. “We’ve got it really easy compared to basically everyone else in this sport.  For the guys, I can tell how excited they are to hopefully have a little bit more time with their families and at home. I think NASCAR is making a great move there.

“Instead of just going to Daytona and doing the same thing that we’ve done, they’ve talked a little bit about going and doing something kind of like our Chase Across North America, which, for me, was a blast, and I think everybody had a good time with that. I don’t think there’s a downside at all to less testing and less time on the track at Daytona.”

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.