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Teams set for Daytona pre-season testing

"Maybe instead of being a seven mile an hour difference we get it to one or two, so there's just more options available for all the drivers in whichever way they choose to approach the Daytona 500," he continued.

The proof will be on the track, with this week's testing likely to confirm whether or not the new measures have finally made progress on stopping the tandem drafting - or whether NASCAR will be forced to make still more regulation changes prior to Daytona Speedweeks next month.

The sessions will last from 9am to 5pm local time on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a break for lunch.

Kyle Busch Motorsports signs Jason Leffler

Kyle Busch Motorsports will field Jason Leffler in their #18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series #18 Tundra in 2012, the team announced this week.

Dollar General will be the primary sponsor for Leffler's 14 race appearances, beginning with the season opener at Daytona next month. The team is still seeking additional sponsorship to allow it to run the truck in the remaining eight races of the 22-event season.

"We are thrilled to have Leffler on board to drive the Dollar General Toyota this season," said team owner Kyle Busch. "He's a pro behind the wheel and will be a great fit for the #18."

Busch himself has been the team's lead driver, but commitments to his sponsors and to Joe Gibbs Racing will see him concentrate on Cup and Nationwide Series runs in 2012, handing over the keys to his truck to Leffler. The 36-year-old Californian had one win and 19 top five finishes in 46 Truck Series outings and has been competing in Nationwide for much of the last decade where he has two wins and 42 top fives in 292 starts, as well as eight poles. He has finished in the top ten in the Nationwide Series standings for the last five years.

KBM was set up in 2010 and became the first team in the series history to win an owner's championship in its maiden year. In total, KBM has won 16 races and 32 top fives in just 50 starts.

Kurt Busch to compete in Nationwide series

As well as his new deal to compete in the Sprint Cup with Phoenix Racing, Kurt Busch will also drive the team's #1 Chevrolet NASCAR Nationwide Series car in a limited number of "all major events" in 2012, it has been announced.

"Everyone at Phoenix Racing is excited about competing on the Nationwide circuit this year," said said Phoenix Racing's general manager, Steve Barkdoll. "Our Nationwide Series team is a proven, winning organization and we're looking forward to Busch continuing the tradition."

Phoenix Racing has competed in Nationwide since 1989 and has 12 wins among 61 top five finishes during its history.

Reutimann confirms Truck series runs

David Reutimann has confirmed that he will be returning to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2012, driving in up to 15 events in the #92 Ricky Benton Racing Chevrolet.




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