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Cup - Daytona - Friday practice

Carl Edwards topped the first practice session on Friday, with Joe Gibbs Racing team mates Kyle Busch and Joey Logano at the top in the second.
Carl Edwards' time of 45.301s (198.671mph) was the fastest of the hour-long first morning practice session on a busy Friday at Daytona International Speedway, putting him a thousandth of a second faster than Aric Almirola. Only 16 of the 43 cars took part in the session

In the later hour-long practice session in the afternoon, Kyle Busch's time of 45.026s (199.885mph) was a dead heat with his Joe Gibbs Racing team mate Joey Logano. Kyle's brother Kurt was next fastest, 0.121s back.

Just 23 cars took part in the latter session. With the temperatures spiking on Friday, many drivers and teams opted to sit out the day's practice opportunity as it is likely to be unrepresentative of the cooler conditions expected for the race itself on Sunday. Teams have one further opportunity to practice before the Daytona 500, on Saturday morning.

The rest of Friday at Daytona sees qualifying for Saturday's Nationwide Series race, and qualifying for the evening's Camping World Truck Series event.

Practice 5

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 45.301s (Leader) 198.671mph (15 laps)
2. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 45.302s (-0.001) 198.667mph (16 laps)
3. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 46.067s (-0.766) 195.368mph (11 laps)
4. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 46.086s (-0.785) 195.287mph (26 laps)
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 46.106s (-0.805) 195.202mph (13 laps)
6. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 46.147s (-0.846) 195.029mph (10 laps)
7. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 46.171s (-0.870) 194.928mph (10 laps)
8. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 46.379s (-1.078) 194.053mph (14 laps)
9. #93 David Reutimann Toyota 46.380s (-1.079) 194.049mph (14 laps)
10. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 46.699s (-1.398) 192.724mph (7 laps)
11. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 46.954s (-1.653) 191.677mph (4 laps)
12. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 47.294s (-1.993) 190.299mph (5 laps)
13. #13 Casey Mears Ford 47.341s (-2.040) 190.110mph (4 laps)
14. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 47.421s (-2.120) 189.789mph (4 laps)
15. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 47.527s (-2.226) 189.366mph (3 laps)
16. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 47.986s (-2.685) 187.555mph (13 laps)

Practice 6

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 45.026s (Leader) 199.885mph (28 laps)
2. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 45.026s (-0.000) 199.885mph (23 laps)
3. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 45.147s (-0.121) 199.349mph (29 laps)
4. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 45.204s (-0.178) 199.097mph (20 laps)
5. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 45.308s (-0.282) 198.640mph (14 laps)
6. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 45.407s (-0.381) 198.207mph (20 laps)
7. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 45.437s (-0.411) 198.076mph (16 laps)
8. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 45.570s (-0.544) 197.498mph (10 laps)
9. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 45.576s (-0.550) 197.472mph (16 laps)
10. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 45.598s (-0.572) 197.377mph (19 laps)
11. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 45.666s (-0.640) 197.083mph (14 laps)
12. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 45.674s (-0.648) 197.049mph (18 laps)
13. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 45.735s (-0.709) 196.786mph (18 laps)
14. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 45.775s (-0.749) 196.614mph (8 laps)
15. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 45.894s (-0.868) 196.104mph (18 laps)
16. #93 David Reutimann Toyota 46.028s (-1.002) 195.533mph (6 laps)
17. #34 David Ragan Ford 46.029s (-1.003) 195.529mph (11 laps)
18. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 46.583s (-1.557) 193.204mph (8 laps)
19. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 46.844s (-1.818) 192.127mph (3 laps)
20. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 47.020s (-1.994) 191.408mph (15 laps)
21. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 47.138s (-2.112) 190.929mph (26 laps)
22. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 47.204s (-2.178) 190.662mph (5 laps)
23. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 47.918s (-2.892) 187.821mph (14 laps)



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