Time to get testy

SPARTA, KY - JUNE 28: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Dover White Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 28, 2013 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SPARTA, KY - JUNE 28:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Dover White Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 28, 2013 in Sparta, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SPARTA, KY – JUNE 28: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Dover White Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 28, 2013 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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.”

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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.