Aric Almirola leads Charlotte test

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

At the end of the day, Richard Petty Motorsports’ driver Aric Almirola turned the fastest lap during Friday’s abbreviated NASCAR test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Almirola posted an average speed of 194.021 mph. Carl Edwards was second- fastest (193.673 mph) and Casey Mears was third (193.382 mph). Marcos Ambrose and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five.

The test was originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday but rain washed out Thursday’s test and melting ice delayed the start of Friday’s test.

“I think from the rules package‑wise and specifications for the cars, all of that is pretty much settled down,” said Sprint Cup Series director John Darby.

“We had most of that dialed in from our previous test here in December, so everybody has taken those specifications and gone forward with them and are just trying to do the best they can now as we get ready to start into the real season.”

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