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Next test for NASCAR's new Sprint Cup comes at Texas, where testing helped set the package

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    Brad Keselowski takes a break between laps during testing at Texas Motor Speedway, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Fort Worth,Texas. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 auto race is scheduled to run Saturday, April 13. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron Jenkins) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUTThe Associated Press

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    Jimmie Johnson prepares to take laps during testing at Texas Motor Speedway, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Fort Worth,Texas. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 auto race is scheduled to run Saturday, April 13. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron Jenkins) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUTThe Associated Press

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    Brad Keselowski returns to the garage after testing at Texas Motor Speedway, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Fort Worth,Texas. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 auto race is scheduled to run Saturday, April 13. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron Jenkins) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUTThe Associated Press

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    Dale Earnhardt Jr., drives participates in testing at Texas Motor Speedway, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Fort Worth,Texas. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 auto race is scheduled to run Saturday, April 13. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron Jenkins) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUTThe Associated Press

Brad Keselowski says every race is still big for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series and its new car.

The defending Cup champion says there have been compelling racing and great battles so far this season even though teams haven't fully developed the new models that look more like their passenger car counterparts.

The next test for the new cars is at Texas, the high-banked 1 1/2-mile track where the first night race of the season will be Saturday night. It also is where testing was held last fall that NASCAR officials say was one of the pivotal moments in the development of the car.

Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition, said Thursday that teams seem pretty happy with the package they've been given to start the season.