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There are also discussions underway about the Sprint Cup points system, although anyone hoping for an announcement at Daytona was disappointed as NASCAR officials said they needed more time to consider the implications. Speculation is that the current scoring system that has been in place for nearly 40 years will be simplified to 43pts for the winner, and then decreasing by one point for second, third and fourth etc. down to 1pt for last place, with possible extra points for leading laps.

In other news, NASCAR have already announced that drivers will only be able to earn championship points in one season from this year, which will stop top Sprint Car drivers such as Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski taking the glory in the Nationwide series which has been making it difficult for younger up-and-coming drivers making a name for themselves. Car owner's points will still be awarded no matter who is driving a car.

However, Edwards has already said he still intends to run every Nationwide race: "We are going to start that way, see how it goes. We still have the owners championship to go for and all those wins to race for. That is what makes the Nationwide series fun."

Thursday morning session - top ten times

1. Clint Bowyer, #33 Chevy, 48.855s, 184.219mph
2. Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 48.945s, 183.880mph
3. Mark Martin, #5 Chevy, 49.079s, 183.378mph
4. Jamie McMurray, #1 Chevy, 49.146s, 183.128mph
5. Juan Pablo Montoya, #42 Chevy, 49.181s, 182.997mph
6. Brad Keselowski, #2 Dodge 49.204s, 182.912mph
7. Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 49.263s, 182.693mph
8. Joey Logano, #20 Toyota, 49.279s, 182.634mph
9. Jeff Burton, #31 Chevy, 49.287s, 182.604mph
10. Paul Menard, #27 Chevy, 49.294s, 182.578mph

Thursday afternoon session - top ten times

1. David Reutimann, #00 Toyota, 45.970s, 195.780mph *
2. Martin Truex Jr., #56 Toyota, 45.971s, 195.776mph *
3. Brian Vickers, #83 Toyota, 46.312s, 194.334mph *
4. Kasey Kahne, #4 Toyota, 46.312s, 194.334mph *
5. Tony Stewart, #14 Chevy, 48.165s, 186.858mph
6. Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 48.744s, 184.638mph
7. Clint Bowyer, #33 Chevy, 48.923s, 183.963mph
8. Jamie McMurray, #1 Chevy, 48.937s, 183.910mph
9. Kyle Busch, #18 Toyota, 49.031s, 183.557mph
10. Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 49.043s, 183.512mph

Friday morning session

No running due to rain.

Friday afternoon session - top ten times

1. Denny Hamlin, #11 Toyota, 45.716s, 196.868mph *
2. Tony Stewart, #14 Chevy, 45.719s, 196.855mph *
3. Joey Logano, #20 Toyota, 45.757s, 196.691mph *
4. Brad Keselowski, #2 Dodge, 45.873s, 196.194mph *
5. Jeff Burton, #31 Chevy, 45.954s, 195.848mph *
6. Brian Vickers, #83 Toyota, 45.955s, 195.844mph *
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr., #88 Chevy, 46.037s, 195.495mph *
8. Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 46.037s, 195.495mph *
9. Kyle Busch, #18 Toyota, 46.054s, 195.423mph *
10. Kasey Kahne, #4 Toyota, 46.170s, 194.932mph *

Saturday morning session - top ten times

1. Joey Logano, #20 Toyota, 45.566s, 197.516mph *
2. Denny Hamlin, #11 Toyota, 45.567s, 197.511mph *
3. Tony Stewart, #14 Chevy, 45.582s, 197.446mph *
4. Ryan Newman, #39 Chevy, 45.583s, 197.442mph *
5. AJ Allmendinger, #43 Ford, 45.828s, 196.386mph *
6. Steve Wallace, #77 Toyota, 46.089s, 195.274mph *
7. Jamie McMurray, #1 Chevy, 48.688s, 184.850mph
8. Juan Pablo Montoya, #42 Chevy, 48.694s, 184.828mph
9. Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 48.802s, 184.419mph
10. Mark Martin, #5 Chevy, 48.876s, 184.139mph

Saturday afternoon session - top ten times

1. Brad Keselowski, #2 Dodge, 45.316s, 198.605mph *
2. Kurt Busch, #22 Dodge, 45.322s, 198.579mph *
3. Kyle Busch, #18 Toyota, 45.515s, 197.737mph *
4. Denny Hamlin, #11 Toyota, 45.515s, 197.737mph *
5. Joey Logano, #20 Toyota, 45.517s, 197.728mph *
6. Brian Vickers, #83 Toyota, 45.533s, 197.659mph *
7. Kasey Kahne, #4 Toyota, 45.533s, 197.659mph *
8. AJ Allmendinger, #43 Ford, 45.549s, 197.589mph *
9. Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 45.550s, 197.585mph *
10. Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 45.592s, 197.403mph *

* = draft-assisted times



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