During the morning session that ran from 9 AM until 12 PM EST, in which 32 drivers participated, drivers were not allowed to draft; only single car runs were allowed.
The morning session was streamed on speedtv.com and you can follow their updates on their website. The afternoon session was televised on the SPEED channel, running from 1 PM until 5 PM EST.
Drivers were allowed to run single car runs as well as engaging in drafting, which included the two-car tandem draft.
After running 2 laps in the two-car tandem, Clint Bowyer (15) spun after losing grip while being pushed by Mark Martin (55). For the next hour and a half, not many drivers ventured into pursing the two-car tandems.
Towards a half hour into the afternoon session, Kasey Kahne (5) told SPEED reporter Randy Pemberton, “Tomorrow the fun starts, we’ll see. I know myself and Jeff (Gordon) will run together some, and then I’m wondering how the big draft will be, if all the cars get together in a big draft again, if you’ll want to run two, ya know, tandem like that or not. So I think there’s just some unknowns that we’ll find out over the next couple of days.”
With about a half hour of testing today to go, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano attempted to run a three-car draft, but they fell into two-car tandems and switched off of each other for a few laps until Logano dropped off. The air did not seem to fit right around the three of them.
Consistent two-car tandems included: Jimmie Johnson-Dale Earnhardt Jr., AJ Allmendinger-Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch-Joey Logano, and Mark Martin-Clint Bowyer.
At the end of the afternoon test, the top ten were: Kyle Busch (18), Joey Logano (20), Brad Keselowski (2), AJ Allmendinger (22), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88), Jimmie Johnson (48), Denny Hamlin (11), Kasey Kahne (5), Mark Martin (55), and Clint Bowyer (15). However, Jeff Gordon (24) had the fastest lap in single car runs in both of today’s sessions.
Online coverage will continue Friday and Saturday Jan 13-14, on speedtv.com, from 9 AM until 12PM EST and televised sessions, on SPEED, both days from 1 PM until 5PM EST.