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NASCAR Cup: several playoff drivers participate in Homestead-Miami Speedway test

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series runs the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series runs the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

Most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams have one driver/car present at Homestead-Miami Speedway at Homestead-Miami Speedway for a two-day organizational test that begins today and continues Thursday in preparation for the Nov. 19 series season-finale at the track.

Five of the eight remaining playoff contenders, including leader Martin Truex Jr., are among those participating in the test. Along with Truex and his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota team, other playoff competitors at HMS for the test include the No. 2 Team Penske Ford team of Brad Keselowski, the No. No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Denny Hamlin, the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford team of Ryan Blaney and the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team of Jimmie Johnson.

The three playoff drivers not participating in the Homestead test — Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott — all have teammates participating in the test, and organizations are only allowed to send one of its teams. Two of the three, Busch and Elliott, have teammates also still in the playoffs in Hamlin and Johnson.

Stewart-Haas Racing, meanwhile, sent non-playoff driver Clint Bowyer to the Homestead test, instead of Harvick.

Kurt Busch originally was scheduled to be SHR’s representative driver at the test, but Busch took Bowyer’s place last week in a test at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course in Concord, N.C.

Other teams/drivers in attendance at the Homestead-Miami Speedway test include the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford team of Trevor Bayne and the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team of Kyle Larson.

Meanwhile, Alex Bowman, Landon Cassill and Drew Herring are on hand to drive test cars for manufacturers Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, respectively.

Fans are allowed to watch the the first day of on-track activity, free of charge.

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