Patrick leads Stewart-Haas sweep at Daytona
Danica Patrick | 10
(July 3, 2015 6:03 PM EDT)
Danica Patrick posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 198.133 mph. Her three teammates, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Tony Stewart were all lined up behind her.
The Stewart-Haas Racing teammates were drafting with Hendrick Motorsports as they caught another pack, which underscores how important drafting is on restrictor-plate, superspeedways. Patrick is more than capable of staying out of trouble and finishing in the top 10 this week.
Greg Biffle changes engine as well at Daytona
Greg Biffle | 16
(July 3, 2015 5:59 PM EDT)
In addition to rolling out a backup car, Greg Biffle was forced to change his engine for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. No matter where he qualifies, he will have to start from the back of the pack.
Starting position is meaningless on plate tracks and Biffle’s ability to get to the front is not in question. He has not finished among the top 15 in his last seven Coke Zero 400 attempts, however, and cannot be considered a favorite this week.
Jamie McMurray to a backup at Daytona
Jamie McMurray | 1
(July 3, 2015 5:48 PM EDT)
Jamie McMurray is one of several drivers who will roll out a backup for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. He was involved in the nine-race crash that occurred 10 minutes into in the first session.
Midway through final practice McMurray was about midway down the speed chart. Raw speed is not particularly important in pack racing, but the No. 1 team has to feel better after shaking the car down.
Ty Dillon leads XFINITY Final Practice
Ty Dillon | 703
(July 3, 2015 5:40 PM EDT)
Ty Dillon tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
The No. 3 Yuengling America's Oldest Brewery Chevrolet Camaro driver ran a fast lap of 179.978 mph. No. 13 Mark Thompson, No. 40 Derek White, No. 22 Joey Logano and No. 26 Timmy Hill round out the top-five of the 23 cars out on the track. The No. 97 Chevrolet driven by Peyton Sellers was the slowest in the final practice session.
Earnhardt fastest in Daytona practice 1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. | 88
(July 3, 2015 3:59 PM EDT)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. His top speed was 202.284 mph.
Speed at Daytona is essentially meaningless since the fastest times are set when a driver runs up on another group. Still, Earnhardt is the plate track Pied Piper and he should be considered a favorite on Sunday.
Ryan Newman will not go to backup at Daytona
Ryan Newman | 31
(July 3, 2015 3:49 PM EDT)
Ryan Newman sustained damage in the nine-car accident that occurred 10 minutes into the first practice session for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
He may be the only driver in the field that did not have to go to a backup, which is marginally good news. The primary is the preferred car for a reason and the No. 31 team obviously believes this is their best opportunity to win.
Brennan Poole has top 10 laps in NXS Practice
Brennan Poole | 742
(July 3, 2015 3:41 PM EDT)
Brennan Poole has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
The average speed of 186.750 mph in the No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro was best of the six cars that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. No. 6 Darrell Wallace Jr. (186.226 mph), No. 43 Dakoda Armstrong (186.157), No. 7 Regan Smith (185.895), No. 2 Brian Scott (185.707) and No. 9 Chase Elliot (184.353) are the rest on this list.
David Ragan leads XFINITY Practice 1
David Ragan | 55
(July 3, 2015 3:38 PM EDT)
Sprint Cup regular David Ragan led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
The lap of 190.573 mph in the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota was best of the 36 cars out on the track for this session. No. 6 Darrell Wallace Jr., No. 16 Ryan Reed, No. 18 Daniel Suarez and No. 2 Brian Scott are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Peyton Sellers in the No. 97 Chevrolet Camaro was the slowest.
Carl Edwards turned from behind
Carl Edwards | 19
(July 3, 2015 3:34 PM EDT)
Carl Edwards did everything right in practice, but still wrecked. He slowed to miss a spinning Kyle Busch before getting run over from behind.
Edwards has been crash-prone in the past on restrictor-plate, superspeedways and often sustains damage in practice as well. Luck is unpredictable in NASCAR, but his is bad enough to cause fantasy owners to avoid the No. 19.
Martin Truex Jr: one run too many
Martin Truex Jr. | 78
(July 3, 2015 3:29 PM EDT)
Martin Truex Jr. intended to make only one run in the first practice session and he was racing in the pack that included a multi-car accident when Brad Keselowski turned Kyle Busch in front of traffic.
Truex will have to go to a backup as he attempts to score a third consecutive top-15 at Daytona. His previous two attempts ended in the 40s, which makes him a questionable value at his salary cap level.

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