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Cup cars on track for first time in 2018 with two-day Texas tire test


during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sarah Crabill

Four Cup Series teams will mark the unofficial start of the 2018 NASCAR season Tuesday and Wednesday with a Goodyear tire test at Texas Motor Speedway.

The test, which will be held from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET each day and is open to the public, will include defending Cup champion Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola.

Entry to the grandstands will be through Gate 4.

Elliott, the driver of Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 9 Chevrolet, will be the first driver to pilot Chevrolet’s new Camaro ZL1 model, which replaces the SS.

Blaney and Almirola will get their first time in the cockpit with their new teams. Blaney in Team Penske’s No. 12 Ford and Almirola in Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 Ford.

It will be Truex’s first time on track since clinching his first Cup title in November.

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