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Cup - Daytona - Saturday practice

David Gilliland and Trevor Bayne drafted to the top of the timesheets in the final one-hour practice before Sunday afternoon's Daytona 500.
The final hour of Cup practice available to teams at Daytona International Speedway before Sunday afternoon's running of the Daytona 500 was a quiet affair with no major incidents.

David Gilliland topped the time sheets with a lap of 44.969s (200.138 mph), just 0.002s ahead of Trevor Bayne who was deployed as his drafting partner for the occasion. Next fastest in the session was Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 0.275s back.

Of the 43-car field, 36 cars took the opportunity for one last bit of track time, but reigning Cup champion Tony Stewart opted to stay in the garage.

Practice 7

1. #38 David Gilliland Ford 44.969s (Leader) 200.138 mph
2. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 44.971s (-0.002) 200.129 mph
3. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 45.244s (-0.275) 198.921 mph
4. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 45.250s (-0.281) 198.895 mph
5. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 45.381s (-0.412) 198.321 mph
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 45.396s (-0.427) 198.255 mph
7. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 45.398s (-0.429) 198.247 mph
8. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 45.407s (-0.438) 198.207 mph
9. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 45.446s (-0.477) 198.037 mph
10. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 45.541s (-0.572) 197.624 mph
11. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 45.543s (-0.574) 197.615 mph
12. #30 David Stremme Toyota 45.554s (-0.585) 197.568 mph
13. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 45.562s (-0.593) 197.533 mph
14. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 45.574s (-0.605) 197.481 mph
15. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 45.591s (-0.622) 197.407 mph
16. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 45.592s (-0.623) 197.403 mph
17. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 45.610s (-0.641) 197.325 mph
18. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 45.613s (-0.644) 197.312 mph
19. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 45.618s (-0.649) 197.290 mph
20. #22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 45.630s (-0.661) 197.239 mph
21. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 45.635s (-0.666) 197.217 mph
22. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 45.753s (-0.784) 196.708 mph
23. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 45.778s (-0.809) 196.601 mph
24. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 45.857s (-0.888) 196.262 mph
25. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 45.886s (-0.917) 196.138 mph
26. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 45.941s (-0.972) 195.903 mph
27. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 46.220s (-1.251) 194.721 mph
28. #93 David Reutimann Toyota 46.289s (-1.320) 194.431 mph
29. #34 David Ragan Ford 46.592s (-1.623) 193.166 mph
30. #26 Tony Raines Ford 46.621s (-1.652) 193.046 mph
31. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 46.943s (-1.974) 191.722 mph
32. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 47.030s (-2.061) 191.367 mph
33. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 47.130s (-2.161) 190.961 mph
34. #33 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 47.785s (-2.816) 188.344 mph
35. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 48.136s (-3.167) 186.970 mph
36. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 48.584s (-3.615) 185.246 mph
37. #32 Terry Labonte Ford
38. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
39. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
40. #13 Casey Mears Ford
41. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota
42. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge
43. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota



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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Gilliland smiles in his garage on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. after turning the fastest lap in final practice for Sunday`s Daytona 500. Gilliland turned a lap of 200.138 mph. [Picture Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, races to a second place finish, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS finishes in sixth place, and Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision finishes in twelfth place Sunday, November 22, 2015 in the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. This Chevrolet drivers finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th (respectively) in the Chase of the Cup Championship. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Series championship contenders Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, take part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, drives through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota, looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS, qualifies for eleventh position Friday, November 20, 2015 for Sunday`s Championship 4, the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Truex, Jr. will be joined by Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS to compete for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
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Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Pepsi Chevrolet SS, advances to the Championship 4 with his sixth place finish Sunday, November 15, 2015 in the final round of the Eliminator 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Phoenix International Raceway (renamed Jeff Gordon Raceway for the day to honor the four-time champion) in Avondale, Arizona. Gordon is joined with Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS  and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS to the Sprint Cup Series Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida next Sunday. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS, races to victory Sunday, November 15, 2015 in the final round of the Eliminator 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS advances to the Champion 4 with his second place finish. Harvick is joined with Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Pepsi Chevrolet SS to the Sprint Cup Series Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida next Sunday. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, lead the field onto pit road due to rain during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, celebrates on pit road after winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the crew of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet team celebrate in victory lane after winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
(L-R) Team owner Rick Hendrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, and crew chief Greg Ives celebrate in victory lane after winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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