Bye-Bye Testing: No More Starting in 2009

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer INovember 14, 2008

NASCAR made an executive decision Friday morning at the Homestead-Miami Speedway when it informed all teams that all testing will be banned in 2009.

Any track that hosts a Sprint Cup, Nationwide, or Truck Series event will not be open for testing.

This is in effect for all three of NASCAR's top three series in an effort to save owners millions of dollars because of the failing economy. Some teams have already started laying people off.

This means that the all important preseason testing at Daytona International Speedway for February's Daytona 500 is also not going to happen.

Now, more than ever, when you show up to Daytona, you've got what you've got.

"I think it's good the way the economy is right now," said David Hyder, crew chief for the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford. "NASCAR realizes that. I think when they see how many teams show up next year it will give everyone a better picture.

"It costs you a million dollars a year to test. It got to the point where they had to do it."