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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)
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and team owner Tony Stewart celebrate winning in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 ToyotaCare Toyota, pits during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, who is not in the Championship Four final phase of the Chase, won the pole position Friday, November 14, 2014 for Sunday`s final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. He will be joined by Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS on the front row. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Regan Smith, driver of the #7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ryan Blaney on track during Nationwide practice (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton drives the #88 Jeld-Wen/Menards Toyota during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 13, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ryan Blaney drives the #29 Cooper Standard Ford during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 13, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, climbs into his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody`s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, speaks during a press conference prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 7, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, climbs out of his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 7, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/ Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, and Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series DAV 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch celebrates pole position at Phoenix International Raceway. November 8 2014. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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