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JGR drivers top first Daytona test day

Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin set the fastest times on the first day of 2013 testing at Daytona International Speedway, as teams start to get to grips with the new Gen-6 car.
Joe Gibbs Racing team mates Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin topped the timesheets in the morning and afternoon sessions respectively of the first day of pre-season testing at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday.

Kenseth, the newest JGR recruit after his switch from Roush Fenway at the end of 2012, set the pace in the morning session with a time of 46.691s (192.757mph) which was five-thousandths of a second faster than Marcos Ambrose who took second spot for Richard Petty Motorsports.

Kenseth was edged into second spot in the afternoon sessions by his new teammate Denny Hamlin by 0.077s, after Hamlin posted a time of 45.986s (195.712mph) as teams used the end of the session for drafting practice in the new Gen-6 model cars that will make their Cup début at next month's Daytona 500.

The remaining member of the JGR line-up, Kyle Busch, was in third place while veteran driver Mark Martin made it a Toyota lockout in the afternoon by putting the #55 Michael Waltrip Racing car into fourth place. In total, 34 drivers took the opportunity to have a full day of track time.

Danica Patrick bounced back from an early drive-train issue at the start of the morning session to post the third fastest time before lunch, and was seventh fastest in the afternoon. Patrick confirmed that as well as her maiden full-time Cup season, she's also in discussions with Turner Scott Motorports to run ten Nationwide races. Patrick added that she would definitely not be considering a run in the IndyCar Indianapolis 500 in 2013.

In other news, it was confirmed that Michael Waltrip will drive in the Daytona 500 for new team Swan Racing in the #30 car in place of David Stremme, who will front the team's campaign for the majority of 2013.

Morning session

1. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 46.691s (Leader) 192.757mph (15 laps)
2. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 46.696s (-0.005s) 192.736mph (14 laps)
3. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 46.733s (-0.042s) 192.583mph (9 laps)
4. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 46.747s (-0.056s) 192.526mph (19 laps)
5. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 46.763s (-0.072s) 192.460mph (23 laps)
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 46.790s (-0.099s) 192.349mph (15 laps)
7. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 46.840s (-0.149s) 192.143mph (20 laps)
8. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 46.931s (-0.240s) 191.771mph (17 laps)
9. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 46.944s (-0.253s) 191.718mph (16 laps)
10. #33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 46.961s (-0.270s) 191.648mph (20 laps)
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 46.973s (-0.282s) 191.599mph (18 laps)
12. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 47.007s (-0.316s) 191.461mph (15 laps)
13. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 47.026s (-0.335s) 191.383mph (23 laps)
14. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 47.046s (-0.355s) 191.302mph (5 laps)
15. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 47.049s (-0.358s) 191.290mph (18 laps)
16. #56 Martin Truex Chevrolet 47.055s (-0.364s) 191.266mph (20 laps)
17. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 47.058s (-0.367s) 191.253mph (19 laps)
18. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 47.074s (-0.383s) 191.188mph (13 laps)
19. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 47.099s (-0.408s) 191.087mph (20 laps)
20. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 47.112s (-0.421s) 191.034mph (12 laps)
21. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 47.139s (-0.448s) 190.925mph (19 laps)
22. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 47.221s (-0.530s) 190.593mph (19 laps)
23. #22 Joey Logano Ford 47.229s (-0.538s) 190.561mph (23 laps)
24. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 47.231s (-0.540s) 190.553mph (16 laps)
25. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 47.244s (-0.553s) 190.500mph (16 laps)
26. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 47.256s (-0.565s) 190.452mph (10 laps)
27. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 47.333s (-0.642s) 190.142mph (23 laps)
28. #13 Casey Mears Ford 47.362s (-0.671s) 190.026mph (31 laps)
29. #38 Josh Wise Ford 47.366s (-0.675s) 190.010mph (11 laps)
30. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 47.405s (-0.714s) 189.853mph (19 laps)
31. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 47.451s (-0.760s) 189.669mph (23 laps)
32. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 47.514s (-0.823s) 189.418mph (18 laps)
33. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 48.078s (-1.387s) 187.196mph (14 laps)
34. #95 Scott Speed Ford 48.131s (-1.440s) 186.990mph (7 laps)

Afternoon Session

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 45.986s (Leader) 195.712mph (38 laps)
2. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 46.063s (-0.077s) 195.385mph (35 laps)
3. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 46.076s (-0.09s) 195.329mph (30 laps)
4. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 46.139s (-0.153s) 195.063mph (33 laps)
5. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 46.244s (-0.258s) 194.62mph (22 laps)
6. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 46.55s (-0.564s) 193.34mph (32 laps)
7. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 46.648s (-0.662s) 192.934mph (26 laps)
8. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 46.746s (-0.76s) 192.53mph (24 laps)
9. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 46.75s (-0.764s) 192.513mph (23 laps)
10. #43 Aric Almarola Ford 46.756s (-0.77s) 192.489mph (25 laps)
11. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 46.777s (-0.791s) 192.402mph (17 laps)
12. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 46.832s (-0.846s) 192.176mph (23 laps)
13. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 46.843s (-0.857s) 192.131mph (24 laps)
14. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 46.87s (-0.884s) 192.02mph (22 laps)
15. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 46.876s (-0.89s) 191.996mph (30 laps)
16. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 46.886s (-0.9s) 191.955mph (24 laps)
17. #33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 46.896s (-0.91s) 191.914mph (24 laps)
18. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 46.925s (-0.939s) 191.795mph (26 laps)
19. #56 Martin Truex Toyota 46.958s (-0.972s) 191.661mph (35 laps)
20. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 46.958s (-0.972s) 191.661mph (23 laps)
21. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 46.968s (-0.982s) 191.62mph (14 laps)
22. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 47s (-1.014s) 191.489mph (32 laps)
23. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 47.015s (-1.029s) 191.428mph (23 laps)
24. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 47.021s (-1.035s) 191.404mph (31 laps)
25. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 47.12s (-1.134s) 191.002mph (31 laps)
26. #22 Joey Logano Ford 47.171s (-1.185s) 190.795mph (23 laps)
27. #38 Josh Wise Ford 47.221s (-1.235s) 190.593mph (23 laps)
28. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 47.233s (-1.247s) 190.545mph (21 laps)
29. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 47.241s (-1.255s) 190.512mph (27 laps)
30. #13 Casey Mears Ford 47.28s (-1.294s) 190.355mph (35 laps)
31. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 47.329s (-1.343s) 190.158mph (27 laps)
32. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 47.396s (-1.41s) 189.889mph (33 laps)
33. #95 Scott Speed Ford 47.609s (-1.623s) 189.04mph (22 laps)
34. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 47.713s (-1.727s) 188.628mph (16 laps)



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Denny Hamlin drives the #11 Toyota during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway on January 10, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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