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Daytona - Test times - January 14

The last day of pre-season practice at Daytona International Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup teams saw lower speeds, and a crash for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Sprint Cup teams and drivers wrapped up their three days of pre-season testing at Daytona International Speedway, adjusting to still more rules and regulations tweaks introduced overnight by NASCAR who are still seeking to cut down on two-car tandem push/draft running.

The new settings reduced top speeds from the 206mph mark that they reached on Friday and brought them back closer to the 200mph point that is seen as desirable. In addition, the engine RPMs were down from the highs of 9500 seen yesterday to the more sustainable 9100 level.

NASCAR had changed the size of holes in restrictor-plate for the third day running, and also made the grille opening more horizontal, decreasing it from 63 square inches to 40 square inches. That meant that air couldn't get underneath the leading car to cool the pushing car, cutting the amount of time anyone could run in a tandem configuration. "It seems to have been very effective and as we continue to close the gap," said NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series director John Darby.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun the #88 while the cars while testing pack racing, after he was tapped by Juan Montoya. The #88 wasn't able to resume testing, so Earnhardt instead tried a few laps in the car of his Hendrick Motorsports team mate Jimmie Johnson for comparison.

Earnhardt's spin had collected Jeff Burton, who had also suffered a spin on Friday from a puncture caused by a sensor that had fellen off the car. “I don't know what happened, but maybe we're getting it out of the way now,” said Burton of his bad luck. "Other than the obvious, we've had a really good test ... My car was really stable. My car drove really good and felt good. I was a little surprised. With the spoiler, I thought it might not feel that way."

Times for the January 12 test and January 13 test are also available.

Morning Practice Speeds

1. Kasey Kahne 201.545mph 44.655s
2. Jeff Gordon 201.545mph 44.655s
3. Kurt Busch 199.464mph 45.121s
4. Mark Martin 199.459mph 45.122s
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 199.406mph 45.134s
6. Jimmie Johnson 199.397mph 45.136s
7. Jeff Burton 199.049mph 45.215s
8. Regan Smith 199.045mph 45.216s
9. Jamie McMurray 194.456mph 46.283s
10. Juan Montoya 192.951mph 46.644s
11. Paul Menard 192.633mph 46.721s
12. Danica Patrick 192.029mph 46.868s
13. Tony Stewart 191.881mph 46.904s
14. Kyle Busch 191.673mph 46.955s
15. Trevor Bayne 191.624mph 46.967s
16. Kevin Harvick 191.449mph 47.010s
17. A.J. Allmendinger 191.436mph 47.013s
18. Aric Almirola 191.261mph 47.056s
19. Joey Logano 191.075mph 47.102s
20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 190.775mph 47.176s
21. Greg Biffle 190.726mph 47.188s
22. Denny Hamlin 190.698mph 47.195s
23. Clint Bowyer 190.609mph 47.217s
24. Marcos Ambrose 190.436mph 47.260s
25. Martin Truex Jr. 190.371mph 47.276s
26. Carl Edwards 190.206mph 47.317s
27. Matt Kenseth 189.841mph 47.408s
28. Brad Keselowski 189.338mph 47.534s
29. Dave Blaney 188.525mph 47.739s
30. Joe Nemechek 188.068mph 47.855s

Afternoon Practice Speeds

1. Jeff Gordon 200.562mph 44.874s
2. A.J. Allmendinger 200.548mph 44.877s
3. Brad Keselowski 200.548mph 44.877s
4. Kasey Kahne 200.481mph 44.892s
5. Denny Hamlin 199.973mph 45.006s
6. Joey Logano 199.969mph 45.007s
7. Martin Truex Jr. 199.601mph 45.090s
8. Clint Bowyer 199.596mph 45.091s
9. Juan Montoya 199.159mph 45.190s
10. Jamie McMurray 198.904mph 45.248s
11. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 198.632mph 45.310s
12. Mark Martin 198.378mph 45.368s
13. Jeff Burton 198.334mph 45.378s
14. Kyle Busch 198.155mph 45.419s
15. Aric Almirola 198.037mph 45.446s
16. Greg Biffle 198.015mph 45.451s
17. Matt Kenseth 198.011mph 45.452s
18. Marcos Ambrose 197.854mph 45.488s
19. Carl Edwards 197.628mph 45.540s
20. Regan Smith 197.624mph 45.541s
21. Joe Nemechek 194.809mph 46.199s
22. Jimmie Johnson 193.707mph 46.462s
23. Paul Menard 193.299mph 46.560s
24. Kevin Harvick 192.538mph 46.744s
25. Trevor Bayne 192.402mph 46.777s
26. Trevor Bayne * 191.485mph 47.001s

* Lap made in the #6 Roush Fenway Ford



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