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Nationwide - Daytona - Thursday practice

The first Nationwide practice sessions of 2012 saw Denny Hamlin top the Thursday time sheets at Daytona International Speedway with a time of 45.576s.
Denny Hamlin posted the fastest time of the day in practice at Daytona International Speedway ahead of Saturday's Drive4COPD 300, the first race of the 2012 Nationwide Series.

His time of 45.576s (197.472 mph) was just one thousandth of a second faster than Brian Scott at the end of the first 50 minute practice session of the day., with Kurt and Kyle Busch the next two fastest cars.

In the later 95-minute second practice session, James Buescher's time of 46.070s (195.355 mph) was a dead heat with Kasey Kahne in a two-car tandem run. Kurt Busch was once again third fastest, coming in ahead of David Ragan.

Danica Patrick's best time of the day was 46.570s in the second session, while Camping World Truck Series champion Austin Dillon recorded a lap of 46.450s.

Qualifying for the race takes place on Friday afternoon.

Practice 1

1. #18 Denny Hamlin Toyota 45.576s (Leader) 197.472 mph
2. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 45.577s (-0.001) 197.468 mph
3. #1 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 45.914s (-0.338) 196.019 mph
4. #54 Kyle Busch Toyota 45.915s (-0.339) 196.014 mph
5. #33 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 46.162s (-0.586) 194.966 mph
6. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 46.164s (-0.588) 194.957 mph
7. #5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 46.460s (-0.884) 193.715 mph
8. #38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 46.460s (-0.884) 193.715 mph
9. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 46.723s (-1.147) 192.625 mph
10. #43 Michael Annett Ford 46.726s (-1.150) 192.612 mph
11. #7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 47.078s (-1.502) 191.172 mph
12. #88 Cole Whitt* Chevrolet 47.080s (-1.504) 191.164 mph
13. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 47.983s (-2.407) 187.566 mph
14. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 47.985s (-2.409) 187.559 mph
15. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 49.420s (-3.844) 182.113 mph
16. #44 Mike Bliss Toyota 49.445s (-3.869) 182.020 mph
17. #3 Austin Dillon* Chevrolet 49.489s (-3.913) 181.859 mph
18. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 49.573s (-3.997) 181.550 mph
19. #22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 49.702s (-4.126) 181.079 mph
20. #12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 49.753s (-4.177) 180.894 mph
21. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 49.834s (-4.258) 180.600 mph
22. #41 Blake Koch Ford 49.834s (-4.258) 180.600 mph
23. #81 Jason Bowles* Dodge 49.850s (-4.274) 180.542 mph
24. #60 Trevor Bayne Ford 49.860s (-4.284) 180.505 mph
25. #73 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 49.860s (-4.284) 180.505 mph
26. #39 Joey Gase* Ford 49.903s (-4.327) 180.350 mph
27. #19 Tayler Malsam Toyota 50.100s (-4.524) 179.641 mph
28. #30 James Buescher Chevrolet 50.128s (-4.552) 179.540 mph
29. #14 Eric McClure Toyota 50.133s (-4.557) 179.523 mph
30. #70 Johanna Long* Chevrolet 50.337s (-4.761) 178.795 mph
31. #27 David Ragan Ford 50.470s (-4.894) 178.324 mph
32. #28 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 50.570s (-4.994) 177.971 mph
33. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 50.580s (-5.004) 177.936 mph
34. #97 Johnny Sauter Toyota 50.610s (-5.034) 177.831 mph
35. #15 Timmy Hill Ford 50.632s (-5.056) 177.753 mph
36. #108 Casey Roderick Ford 50.726s (-5.150) 177.424 mph
37. #47 Scott Speed Chevrolet 50.783s (-5.207) 177.225 mph
38. #10 Jeff Green Toyota 50.878s (-5.302) 176.894 mph
39. #124 Benny Gordon Toyota 50.961s (-5.385) 176.606 mph
40. #42 Erik Darnell Chevrolet 51.020s (-5.444) 176.401 mph
41. #46 Chase Miller Chevrolet 51.029s (-5.453) 176.370 mph
42. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 51.146s (-5.570) 175.967 mph
43. #4 Danny Efland Chevrolet 51.222s (-5.646) 175.706 mph
44. #40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 51.226s (-5.650) 175.692 mph
45. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 51.275s (-5.699) 175.524 mph
46. #136 Ryan Truex Chevrolet 51.534s (-5.958) 174.642 mph
47. #174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 51.716s (-6.140) 174.027 mph
48. #52 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 51.747s (-6.171) 173.923 mph
49. #176 Donnie Neuenberger Ford
50. #50 T.J. Bell Ford

Practice 2

1. #30 James Buescher Chevrolet 46.070s (Leader) 195.355 mph
2. #38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 46.070s (Leader) 195.355 mph
3. #1 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 46.291s (-0.221) 194.422 mph
4. #27 David Ragan Ford 46.293s (-0.223) 194.414 mph
5. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 46.411s (-0.341) 193.919 mph
6. #60 Trevor Bayne Ford 46.413s (-0.343) 193.911 mph
7. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 46.449s (-0.379) 193.761 mph
8. #3 Austin Dillon* Chevrolet 46.450s (-0.380) 193.757 mph
9. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 46.539s (-0.469) 193.386 mph
10. #33 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 46.542s (-0.472) 193.374 mph
11. #88 Cole Whitt* Chevrolet 46.568s (-0.498) 193.266 mph
12. #7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 46.570s (-0.500) 193.258 mph
13. #12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 46.825s (-0.755) 192.205 mph
14. #22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 46.827s (-0.757) 192.197 mph
15. #5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 46.858s (-0.788) 192.070 mph
16. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 47.105s (-1.035) 191.062 mph
17. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 47.385s (-1.315) 189.934 mph
18. #41 Blake Koch Ford 47.484s (-1.414) 189.538 mph
19. #15 Timmy Hill Ford 47.490s (-1.420) 189.514 mph
20. #39 Joey Gase* Ford 47.543s (-1.473) 189.302 mph
21. #81 Jason Bowles* Dodge 47.843s (-1.773) 188.115 mph
22. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 47.843s (-1.773) 188.115 mph
23. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 47.873s (-1.803) 187.997 mph
24. #52 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 47.873s (-1.803) 187.997 mph
25. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 48.158s (-2.088) 186.885 mph
26. #70 Johanna Long* Chevrolet 48.958s (-2.888) 183.831 mph
27. #50 T.J. Bell Ford 49.350s (-3.280) 182.371 mph
28. #44 Mike Bliss Toyota 49.604s (-3.534) 181.437 mph
29. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 49.672s (-3.602) 181.189 mph
30. #40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 49.969s (-3.899) 180.112 mph
31. #136 Ryan Truex Chevrolet 49.975s (-3.905) 180.090 mph
32. #14 Eric McClure Toyota 49.982s (-3.912) 180.065 mph
33. #28 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 50.056s (-3.986) 179.799 mph
34. #42 Erik Darnell Chevrolet 50.231s (-4.161) 179.172 mph
35. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 50.317s (-4.247) 178.866 mph
36. #19 Tayler Malsam Toyota 50.320s (-4.250) 178.855 mph
37. #124 Benny Gordon Toyota 50.321s (-4.251) 178.852 mph
38. #97 Johnny Sauter Toyota 50.741s (-4.671) 177.371 mph
39. #47 Scott Speed Chevrolet 50.871s (-4.801) 176.918 mph
40. #73 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 51.058s (-4.988) 176.270 mph
41. #46 Chase Miller Chevrolet 51.065s (-4.995) 176.246 mph
42. #174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 51.203s (-5.133) 175.771 mph
43. #4 Danny Efland Chevrolet 51.221s (-5.151) 175.709 mph
44. #176 Donnie Neuenberger Ford 52.124s (-6.054) 172.665 mph
45. #10 Jeff Green Toyota
46. #18 Denny Hamlin Toyota
47. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet
48. #54 Kyle Busch Toyota
49. #108 Casey Roderick Ford
50. #43 Michael Annett Ford

* Denotes Rookie



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