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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 Chevrolet SS, holds his daughter, Lydia Sunday, November 22, 2015 before final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Johnson and other Jeff Gordon teammates at Hendrick Motorsports wore tribute hats to honor the retiring Chevy driver prior to the start of the race. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, races to a second place finish, Sunday, November 22, 2015 in the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Harvick finishes as the runner-up in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, races to a second place finish, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS finishes in sixth place, and Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision finishes in twelfth place Sunday, November 22, 2015 in the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. This Chevrolet drivers finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th (respectively) in the Chase of the Cup Championship. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Series championship contenders Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, take part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with a burnout after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with his team after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the series championship and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, and Daniel Suarez, driver of the #18 ARRIS Toyota, lead the field on the first lap of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Plaid Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, drives through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota, looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, qualifies for thirteenth position Friday, November 20, 2015 for Sunday`s Championship 4, the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Harvick will be joined by Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS and Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS to compete for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)

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