MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The fall race at Martinsville is still more than two months away but on Tuesday, some of NASCAR’s top drivers were putting pedal to the metal at the Half Mile of Mayhem.

The stalls at the Speedway were busy as Cup Series drivers were testing tires in a key tune-up session ahead of NASCAR’s return to the Paperclip in the fall.

“It’s always good whenever you can get track time and get a test to work on your car,” Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Larson said. “Martinsville is my worst race track so I just don’t have a good feel for this place. So anytime I can get more laps, it’s definitely beneficial.”

Larson is coming off his second win of the season at Watkins Glen, a victory that came at the expense of his teammate Chase Elliott. That led to some apparent friction between the two drivers.

“Just offer congratulations and get excited for next week,” Elliott said to the media on Sunday. “There is nothing I can do about today now so, it doesn’t matter does it.”

Larson said the two talked it out during their weekly competition meeting on Monday.

“It was positive, it was definitely constructive and it was good to have those talks,” Larson said. “One thing’s for sure we all like to win so we try really hard to do that. But in the end, we probably should have a little more respect next time.”

While this week’s testing is for a race that is months away, the drivers’ immediate focus is on this weekend’s regular season finale at Daytona.

Virginia-native Denny Hamlin seeks redemption there after crashing at this year’s Daytona 500.

“I love the track. I’m still simmering over the Daytona 500 in which my instincts told me to get out 30 seconds before I ended up crashing,” Hamlin said. “I mean I’m confident, I certainly am, I think our cars will certainly qualify very well. I think we’re all going to work very well together.

Hamlin has two Cup Series wins this season.

“I just would like to get more playoff points,” Hamlin said. “Certainly we’re going to go into this playoff with the least amount we’ve ever had as a race team.”

The drivers will take what they learned at Martinsville during testing and hope that it’ll pay off when they return in late October for the penultimate race of the season. That’s when the playoff field will be narrowed down to its Championship Four.

Testing at Martinsville continues on Wednesday.