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Cup - Daytona - Wednesday practice

Matt Kenseth topped the Wednesday practice times, as Cup drivers got their final chance of track time before Thursday's Gatorade Duel races.
After two days off for good behaviour following the Budweiser Shootout and Daytona qualifying, the NASCAR Cup drivers were back in action action at Daytona International Speedway as they practised for Thursday's Gatorade Duel races and for Sunday's Daytona 500.

Matt Kenseth topped the first 90 minute practice of the day with a time of 44.809s (200.852 mph) just 0.008s faster than 2011 race winner Trevor Bayne.

Kenseth did not take part in the later session, which saw only 25 drivers take the opportunity to get out on track, and no one at all for the final 20 minutes. Aric Almirola set a time of 45.065s (199.712 mph) ahead of David Stremme who was 0.086s off the lead time.

Brad Keselowski spun during the early session while seeking to avoid Ryan Newman, which ended up with Clint Bowyer making rear contact and turning the Penske car onto the grass, but the team were able to make repairs.

Kasey Kahne was less fortunate when he was spun by contact with Juan Montoya in the later session, the slide through the grass causing significant left-front damage that will force him to a back-up car for the Duel. That means that he will have to start from the back of the field for Thursday afternoon's race, which decides the qualifying order for Sunday's Daytona 500 race.

Practice 3

1. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 44.809s (Leader) 200.852 mph
2. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 44.817s (-0.008) 200.817 mph
3. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 44.849s (-0.040) 200.673 mph
4. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 44.937s (-0.128) 200.280 mph
5. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 44.956s (-0.147) 200.196 mph
6. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 44.970s (-0.161) 200.133 mph
7. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 45.061s (-0.252) 199.729 mph
8. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 45.082s (-0.273) 199.636 mph
9. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 45.084s (-0.275) 199.627 mph
10. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 45.121s (-0.312) 199.464 mph
11. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 45.252s (-0.443) 198.886 mph
12. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 45.253s (-0.444) 198.882 mph
13. #33 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 45.261s (-0.452) 198.847 mph
14. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 45.267s (-0.458) 198.820 mph
15. #140 Michael Waltrip Toyota 45.271s (-0.462) 198.803 mph
16. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 45.297s (-0.488) 198.689 mph
17. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 45.300s (-0.491) 198.676 mph
18. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 45.311s (-0.502) 198.627 mph
19. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 45.315s (-0.506) 198.610 mph
20. #34 David Ragan Ford 45.380s (-0.571) 198.325 mph
21. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 45.385s (-0.576) 198.303 mph
22. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 45.394s (-0.585) 198.264 mph
23. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 45.394s (-0.585) 198.264 mph
24. #38 David Gilliland Ford 45.408s (-0.599) 198.203 mph
25. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 45.441s (-0.632) 198.059 mph
26. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 45.469s (-0.660) 197.937 mph
27. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 45.485s (-0.676) 197.867 mph
28. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 45.527s (-0.718) 197.685 mph
29. #13 Casey Mears Ford 45.535s (-0.726) 197.650 mph
30. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 45.540s (-0.731) 197.628 mph
31. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 45.605s (-0.796) 197.347 mph
32. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 45.645s (-0.836) 197.174 mph
33. #22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 45.648s (-0.839) 197.161 mph
34. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 45.690s (-0.881) 196.980 mph
35. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 45.732s (-0.923) 196.799 mph
36. #97 Bill Elliott Toyota 45.736s (-0.927) 196.781 mph
37. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota 45.747s (-0.938) 196.734 mph
38. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 45.879s (-1.070) 196.168 mph
39. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 45.884s (-1.075) 196.147 mph
40. #109 Kenny Wallace Toyota 45.915s (-1.106) 196.014 mph
41. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 46.065s (-1.256) 195.376 mph
42. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 46.154s (-1.345) 194.999 mph
43. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 46.556s (-1.747) 193.316 mph
44. #93 David Reutimann Toyota
45. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet
46. #30 David Stremme Toyota
47. #26 Tony Raines Ford
48. #37 Mike Wallace Ford
49. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota

Practice 4

1. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 45.065s (Leader) 199.712 mph
2. #30 David Stremme Toyota 45.151s (-0.086) 199.331 mph
3. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 45.372s (-0.307) 198.360 mph
4. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota 45.461s (-0.396) 197.972 mph
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 45.534s (-0.469) 197.654 mph
6. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 45.537s (-0.472) 197.641 mph
7. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 45.544s (-0.479) 197.611 mph
8. #97 Bill Elliott Toyota 45.573s (-0.508) 197.485 mph
9. #140 Michael Waltrip Toyota 45.640s (-0.575) 197.195 mph
10. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 45.713s (-0.648) 196.880 mph
11. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 45.744s (-0.679) 196.747 mph
12. #33 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 45.770s (-0.705) 196.635 mph
13. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 45.801s (-0.736) 196.502 mph
14. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 45.807s (-0.742) 196.477 mph
15. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 45.867s (-0.802) 196.219 mph
16. #37 Mike Wallace Ford 45.869s (-0.804) 196.211 mph
17. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 45.907s (-0.842) 196.048 mph
18. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 46.458s (-1.393) 193.723 mph
19. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 46.583s (-1.518) 193.204 mph
20. #26 Tony Raines Ford 47.294s (-2.229) 190.299 mph
21. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 47.347s (-2.282) 190.086 mph
22. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 47.425s (-2.360) 189.773 mph
23. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 47.475s (-2.410) 189.574 mph
24. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 47.583s (-2.518) 189.143 mph
25. #93 David Reutimann Toyota 47.610s (-2.545) 189.036 mph
26. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota
27. #13 Casey Mears Ford
28. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
29. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota
30. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford
31. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge
32. #20 Joey Logano Toyota
33. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford
34. #22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge
35. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet
36. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
37. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
38. #32 Terry Labonte Ford
39. #34 David Ragan Ford
40. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet
41. #38 David Gilliland Ford
42. #55 Mark Martin Toyota
43. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
44. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford
45. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
46. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford
47. #109 Kenny Wallace Toyota
48. #99 Carl Edwards Ford
49. #98 Michael McDowell Ford



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