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Daytona 500 - Practice 3 and 4 times

New measures to bring car speeds to under 200mph at Daytona made their impact felt - with Dale Earnhardt Jr. claiming they contributed to the crash that cost him pole position.
An accident in the opening moments of Wednesday's first practice session wrecked the cars of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. and forced them both into back-up cars. In Earnhardt's it was even more costly, as it meant he lost pole position for both the Gatorade Duel and the Daytona 500 and will start both races from the back of the field.

Earnhardt suggested that the slower speeds resulting from NASCAR's on-the-fly rule changes since Saturday's Budweiser Shootout had contributed to the crash. "They keep slowing the cars down, and it makes a car drafting normally much slower, and now the closing rate on the two-car pack is even faster. And I mean, it's just hard," he said.

The measures certainly seemed to work: in the Shootout, some cars reached speeds of over 206 mph, but in the rain-delayed first practice on Wednesday it was Kyle Busch who topped the times with 200.254mph, while Kasey Kahne led the day's second session at 200.067 mph.

"Ready for the Duels," said Sprint Cup director John Darby, satisfied with progress over speed and safety. "We'll run the Duels, take a look, see how everything is," explaining that "the biggest unknown right now, knowing that we just ran two practices, is the difference in how teams approach a race versus practice."

Practice 3

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 44.943s (Leader) 200.254mph
2. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 44.944s (-0.001) 200.249mph
3. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 45.107s (-0.164) 199.526mph
4. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 45.109s (-0.166) 199.517mph
5. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 45.133s (-0.19) 199.411mph
6. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 45.133s (-0.19) 199.411mph
7. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 45.199s (-0.256) 199.119mph
8. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 45.199s (-0.256) 199.119mph
9. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 45.232s (-0.289) 198.974mph
10. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 45.232s (-0.289) 198.974mph
11. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 45.3s (-0.357) 198.676mph
12. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 45.304s (-0.361) 198.658mph
13. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 45.314s (-0.371) 198.614mph
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 45.42s (-0.477) 198.151mph
15. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 45.468s (-0.525) 197.941mph
16. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 45.47s (-0.527) 197.933mph
17. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 45.503s (-0.56) 197.789mph
18. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 45.565s (-0.622) 197.52mph
19. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 45.566s (-0.623) 197.516mph
20. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 45.608s (-0.665) 197.334mph
21. #6 David Ragan Ford 45.645s (-0.702) 197.174mph
22. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 45.651s (-0.708) 197.148mph
23. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 45.653s (-0.71) 197.139mph
24. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 45.68s (-0.737) 197.023mph
25. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 45.692s (-0.749) 196.971mph
26. #9 Bill Elliott Chevrolet 45.704s (-0.761) 196.919mph
27. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 45.705s (-0.762) 196.915mph
28. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 45.795s (-0.852) 196.528mph
29. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 45.823s (-0.88) 196.408mph
30. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 45.846s (-0.903) 196.309mph
31. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 45.868s (-0.925) 196.215mph
32. #34 David Gilliland Ford 45.868s (-0.925) 196.215mph
33. #0 David Reutimann Toyota 45.872s (-0.929) 196.198mph
34. #115 Michael Waltrip Toyota 45.873s (-0.93) 196.194mph
35. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 45.9s (-0.957) 196.078mph
36. #77 Steve Wallace Toyota 45.928s (-0.985) 195.959mph
37. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 46.063s (-1.12) 195.385mph
38. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 46.064s (-1.121) 195.38mph
39. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 46.081s (-1.138) 195.308mph
40. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 46.443s (-1.5) 193.786mph
41. #60 Todd Bodine Toyota 46.877s (-1.934) 191.992mph
42. #71 Andy Lally Chevrolet 47.181s (-2.238) 190.755mph
43. #37 Robert Richardson Jr. Ford 47.328s (-2.385) 190.162mph
44. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 48.044s (-3.101) 187.328mph
45. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 48.494s (-3.551) 185.59mph
46. #97 Kevin Conway Toyota 48.535s (-3.592) 185.433mph
47. #192 Brian Keselowski Dodge 50.106s (-5.163) 179.619mph
48. #64 Derrike Cope Toyota no time

Practice 4

1. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 44.985s (Leader) 200.067mph
2. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 44.986s (-0.001) 200.062mph
3. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 45.284s (-0.299) 198.746mph
4. #6 David Ragan Ford 45.285s (-0.3) 198.741mph
5. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 45.294s (-0.309) 198.702mph
6. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 45.356s (-0.371) 198.43mph
7. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 45.557s (-0.572) 197.555mph
8. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 45.562s (-0.577) 197.533mph
9. #60 Todd Bodine Toyota 45.568s (-0.583) 197.507mph
10. #0 David Reutimann Toyota 45.569s (-0.584) 197.503mph
11. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 45.642s (-0.657) 197.187mph
12. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 45.644s (-0.659) 197.178mph
13. #115 Michael Waltrip Toyota 45.738s (-0.753) 196.773mph
14. #9 Bill Elliott Chevrolet 45.744s (-0.759) 196.747mph
15. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 45.764s (-0.779) 196.661mph
16. #97 Kevin Conway Toyota 45.806s (-0.821) 196.481mph
17. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 45.843s (-0.858) 196.322mph
18. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 45.843s (-0.858) 196.322mph
19. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 45.845s (-0.86) 196.314mph
20. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 45.867s (-0.882) 196.219mph
21. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 45.868s (-0.883) 196.215mph
22. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 45.881s (-0.896) 196.16mph
23. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 45.922s (-0.937) 195.984mph
24. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 45.923s (-0.938) 195.98mph
25. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 45.923s (-0.938) 195.98mph
26. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 46.135s (-1.15) 195.08mph
27. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 46.138s (-1.153) 195.067mph
28. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 46.206s (-1.221) 194.78mph
29. #71 Andy Lally Chevrolet 46.24s (-1.255) 194.637mph
30. #77 Steve Wallace Toyota 46.626s (-1.641) 193.025mph
31. #37 Robert Richardson Jr. Ford 47.271s (-2.286) 190.392mph
32. #192 Brian Keselowski Dodge 49.558s (-4.573) 181.605mph
33. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet no time
34. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet no time
35. #32 Terry Labonte Ford no time
36. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet no time
37. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet no time
38. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota no time
39. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota no time
40. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota no time
41. #64 Derrike Cope Toyota no time
42. #34 David Gilliland Ford no time
43. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet no time
44. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford no time
45. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet no time
46. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet no time
47. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet no time
48. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet no time



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