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Testing is all about acquiring data about race cars

As one owner puts it, "you can't afford not to" run cars through testing to learn more about a car and help drivers get the most out of their equipment.

Updated: June 6, 2007, 6:58 PM ET
By Brett Borden | Special to ESPN.com

Sometimes during the course of a race, one of the announcers or pit road reporters will allude to testing that a team has done and how much it helped them prepare for that particular race. This isn't groundbreaking news ... practice is an important component to success in any sport. But what exactly does testing in the hypercompetitive world of NASCAR entail?

Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Ford and longtime crew chief in the sport, gave a recent example of how important testing can ...

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