KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Rain Wednesday delayed and cut short NASCAR’s first full testing session at Kansas Speedway since the track was repaved. The drivers were limited to half of the planned 4-hour session. The testing passed uneventfully after the 2 1/2-hour delay, unlike a tire testing session Aug. 29 in which Dale Earnhardt Jr. hit the wall and sustained a concussion when a tire blew. That, combined with another concussion at Talladega, sidelined Earnhardt for last week at Charlotte and again this week at Kansas.
The 1.5-mile tri-oval, which opened in 2001, was torn up, repaved and reconfigured after the May race. The track now features variable banking of up to 20 degrees.