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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, pits along with the rest of the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Panasonic Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmer`s Insurance Chevrolet SS, is congratulated by his Hendrik Motor Sports teammates Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Panasonic Toughbook Chevrolet SS (left), Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS (center) and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet SS (right) after his victory Sunday, August 31, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. With this win, Kahne joins Gordon, Johnson, and Earnhardt Jr. in the Chase. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 30, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, qualified for twelfth position Friday, August 29, 2014 for Sunday`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. After a three-race absence, Tony Stewart has returned to the track at Atlanta. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, won the Pole position Friday, August 29, 2014 for Sunday`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. It was Harvick`s sixth pole win of the 2014 season. He is 7th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 29, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick (L), driver of the #5 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet, talks to Regan Smith, driver of the #7 TaxSlayer Bowl Chevrolet, in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 29, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Tony Stewart at Dover International Speedway on May 30 2014. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR Media)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, finished fifth Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, finished fourth and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, finished twelfth Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Doublemint Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 STP Ford, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, qualified for seventh position Friday, August 22, 2014 for Saturday evening`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Busch is 23rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualified for sixth position Friday, August 22, 2014 for Saturday evening`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Johnson is seventh in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmie John`s Chevrolet SS, won the pole position Friday, August 22, 2014 for Saturday evening`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Harvick is sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, poses with the pole award after qualifying fastest for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

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