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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)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars into the pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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The Richard Childress Racing #3 Chevrolet Nationwide Series car driven by Ty Dillon. (Photo Credit: Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, qualifies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS, qualified sixth fastest Saturday, July 26, 2014 for Sunday`s Brickyard 400 Nascar Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, qualified 2nd fastest Saturday, July 26, 2014 for Sunday`s Brickyard 400 Nascar Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Next to him on the front row will be pole winner Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
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Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, drives through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents, the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, drives through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Tony Stewart presents Darrell Wallace Jr. , driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, with the trophy after winning the Camping World Truck 2nd Annual 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2014 in Rossburg, Ohio.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Crew chief Chad Knaus inspects the car of Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, after a crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, crashes in the early part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Aric Almirola (R), driver of the #43 Charter Ford, inspects his car after crashing during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Erik Jones, driver of the #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Camping World Truck Series car (Photo Credit: NASCAR)

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