Las Vegas Motor Speedway has set aside one day for NASCAR Sprint Cup teams to test at the 1.5-mile superspeedway in preparation for the Kobalt Tools 400 on Thursday, March 7. The test session will be free and open to the public.

NASCAR’s announcement last week that it would allow all NASCAR Sprint Cup racing organizations to have four tests (not including Daytona) prompted speedway officials to open up the dates on the speedway’s calendar.

“Before the testing ban was implemented, every major race team used Las Vegas as a key test heading into the season,” said LVMS president Chris Powell. “There are a lot of tracks very similar to Las Vegas, so between the favorable January weather and the amount of data that can be collected by testing here, we hope many of the teams will choose to test in Las Vegas prior to the start of the season.”

NASCAR prohibited testing at tracks hosting Sprint Cup events following the 2008 season. Up until 2008, NASCAR test sessions at LVMS routinely drew 30 drivers or more for the two-day test sessions.

Tickets for the March 10 Kobalt Tools 400, March 9 Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide race and March 8 Stratosphere Pole Day are on sale now at or by calling 1-800-644-4444.