After announcing changes to the provisional system for 2004, NASCAR has also announced changes to its testing policies.

These changes will apply to the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, increasing the number of tests available to teams at tracks hosting events on the 2004 calender.

In the NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series, the change in policy allows for five two day private car tests and four single day tests - a grand total of 14 in all. Teams with candidates for Rookie of the Year will be allowed seven two-day tests and five single day test - giving them a total of 19 test days. Previous rules allowed teams five two-day tests, while rookies were allowed nine two-day tests.

For the NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series, new teams or those not in the top 45 in the 2003 owner points and/or in the top 45 in the current season's owner points will receive one two-day test and one single-day test (total of three days) until they attempt to qualify for a race. Each time they try to qualify, teams will receive an additional two day/single-day allotment, up to the maximum amount.

In the Craftsman Truck Series, all manufacturers will be given two two-day test sessions at a track of their choice, as long as the track hosts an event in the series. Each team will also get two private two-day tests, allowing them to have eight test days in all. The private tests must also be held at a track on the series schedule, once all the races at the track have taken place.

In addition to those changes, NASCAR has announced that all teams are free to test at facilities that don't host national series events without the tests counting towards their allotment. The three-day test at NASCAR Preseason Thunder will count as a two-day test for teams in the NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series, but won't count towards the seasons allotment for teams in the Craftsman Cup.

 

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