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Cup - Daytona - Friday practice

The first track sessions of the 2012 NASCAR season got underway on Friday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, with practice for the Budweiser Shootout.
The first track activity of the new NASCAR season indicated that Daytona might see a return to pack racing and the end to the controversial two-car tandem drafting that emerged last season.

However, a big wreck sparked by Tony Stewart spinning Kurt Busch caused several big name drivers to have to take to back-up cars toward the end of the first practice session for this weekend's Budweiser Shootout exhibition event, and the later session was curtailed by rain after only 12 cars had been able to set lap times.

Budweiser Shootout Practice 1

1. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 44.607s (Leader) 201.762mph (19 laps)
2. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 44.612s (-0.005) 201.739mph (20 laps)
3. #34 David Ragan Ford 44.966s (-0.359) 200.151mph (14 laps)
4. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 45.032s (-0.425) 199.858mph (10 laps)
5. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 45.092s (-0.485) 199.592mph (20 laps)
6. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 45.126s (-0.519) 199.442mph (22 laps)
7. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 45.304s (-0.697) 198.658mph (30 laps)
8. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 45.307s (-0.700) 198.645mph (17 laps)
9. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 45.327s (-0.720) 198.557mph (28 laps)
10. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 45.334s (-0.727) 198.526mph (16 laps)
11. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 45.336s (-0.729) 198.518mph (12 laps)
12. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 45.434s (-0.827) 198.090mph (16 laps)
13. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 45.434s (-0.827) 198.090mph (17 laps)
14. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 45.467s (-0.860) 197.946mph (25 laps)
15. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 45.511s (-0.904) 197.754mph (24 laps)
16. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 45.530s (-0.923) 197.672mph (18 laps)
17. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 45.556s (-0.949) 197.559mph (22 laps)
18. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 45.560s (-0.953) 197.542mph (24 laps)
19. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 45.591s (-0.984) 197.407mph (23 laps)
20. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 45.601s (-0.994) 197.364mph (21 laps)
21. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 45.609s (-1.002) 197.329mph (22 laps)
22. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 45.720s (-1.113) 196.850mph (19 laps)
23. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 45.809s (-1.202) 196.468mph (9 laps)
24. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 45.821s (-1.214) 196.416mph (13 laps)
25. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 47.193s (-2.586) 190.706mph (10 laps)

Budweiser Shootout Final Practice

1. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 45.524s (Leader) 197.698mph (7 laps)
2. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 45.525s (-0.001) 197.694mph (7 laps)
3. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 45.841s (-0.317) 196.331mph (5 laps)
4. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 46.029s (-0.505) 195.529mph (5 laps)
5. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 46.037s (-0.513) 195.495mph (5 laps)
6. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 46.057s (-0.533) 195.410mph (5 laps)
7. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 46.162s (-0.638) 194.966mph (4 laps)
8. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 46.356s (-0.832) 194.150mph (6 laps)
9. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 46.434s (-0.910) 193.823mph (4 laps)
10. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 46.825s (-1.301) 192.205mph (2 laps)
11. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 47.413s (-1.889) 189.821mph (2 laps)
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 47.436s (-1.912) 189.729mph (2 laps)



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Kurt Busch, driver of the #51 Tag Heuer Avant-Garde Chevrolet Chevrolet, spins out causing Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, and part of the field to pile up during practice for the NASCAR Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, pulls into the garage area after an incident during practice for the NASCAR Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Patriotic Chevrolet, is involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, lead the field into turn one during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, finished in ninth place, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Cessna/McDonald`s Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 23, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 23, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. CPT Travis L. Patriquin, US Army, is honored on the car as part of the 600 Miles of Remembrance program.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #25 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 23, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael S. Duskin is honored on the car as part of the 600 Miles of Remembrance program.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 LiftMaster Chevrolet, stands in the garage area with crew members during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 23, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, qualifies for eighth position, Thursday, May 21, 2015, for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Harvick leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. All 43 drivers will be participating in
Landon Cassill, driver of the #40 Snap Fitness Chevrolet, drives through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Patriotic Chevrolet, sits in his car prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Johnson’s car features Army 1st Lt. Robert L. Henderson II as part of the 600 Miles of Rememberance.  (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, stands on the grid prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. HM3 James R Layton is honored on the car as part of the 600 Miles of Remembrance program. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, leads Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Coating Systems Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, finishes in third place, Saturday night, May 16, 2015, in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Red Nose Day Toyota, climbs into his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 15, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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