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Daytona 500 - Practice times

Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffers an engine blow-up in practice, handicapping him going into Thursday's Duel race setting the Daytona starting order.
Michael Waltrip was the fastest man in midweek practice for the Daytona 500, the last track session before the two Duel races on Thursday night that will fix the remaining spots on the starting grid for the race behind the front row consisting of Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon.

Waltrip's time of 45.375s (198.347 mph) was set in the first session, with Kasey Kahne topping the times in the later session with a best lap of 45.515s (197.737 mph).

Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered an engine failure in the first session, and the change-out of the Chevrolet engine means that the #88 will start his Duel qualifying event from the back, handicapping him in his efforts to get a high grid position for Sunday's race.

Brad Keselowski lost time with a fuel pump failure but will not incur a similar setback for the Duel. There was also a collision between Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman caused when the #99 moved down the track into the path of the #39; Mark Martin was also caught up in the incident and damaged.

“Just all of a sudden, my car was going across his nose," said Edwards, saying that neither he nor Newman fully understood what had happened. "[Ryan] did say that he tried to come up and put the air brakes on me. I think in doing so it just made my car that loose. I hadn't been loose the entire time. It was just something new, and a different characteristic of this car I guess.”

Practice 3

1. #26 Michael Waltrip Toyota 45.375s (Leader) 198.347 mph
2. #34 David Ragan Ford 45.424s (-0.049) 198.133 mph
3. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 45.424s (-0.049) 198.133 mph
4. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 45.467s (-0.092) 197.946 mph
5. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 45.567s (-0.192) 197.511 mph
6. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 45.573s (-0.198) 197.485 mph
7. #33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 45.579s (-0.204) 197.459 mph
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 45.582s (-0.207) 197.446 mph
9. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 45.587s (-0.212) 197.425 mph
10. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 45.596s (-0.221) 197.386 mph
11. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 45.604s (-0.229) 197.351 mph
12. #22 Joey Logano Ford 45.612s (-0.237) 197.316 mph
13. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 45.617s (-0.242) 197.295 mph
14. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 45.622s (-0.247) 197.273 mph
15. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 45.628s (-0.253) 197.247 mph
16. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 45.635s (-0.260) 197.217 mph
17. #56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 45.641s (-0.266) 197.191 mph
18. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 45.700s (-0.325) 196.937 mph
19. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 45.728s (-0.353) 196.816 mph
20. #38 David Gilliland Ford 45.746s (-0.371) 196.739 mph
21. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 45.747s (-0.372) 196.734 mph
22. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 45.786s (-0.411) 196.567 mph
23. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 45.795s (-0.420) 196.528 mph
24. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 45.814s (-0.439) 196.447 mph
25. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 45.856s (-0.481) 196.267 mph
26. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 45.882s (-0.507) 196.155 mph
27. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 45.973s (-0.598) 195.767 mph
28. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 45.974s (-0.599) 195.763 mph
29. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 45.996s (-0.621) 195.669 mph
30. #95 Scott Speed Ford 46.068s (-0.693) 195.363 mph
31. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 46.072s (-0.697) 195.346 mph
32. #13 Casey Mears Ford 46.114s (-0.739) 195.168 mph
33. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 46.114s (-0.739) 195.168 mph
34. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 46.195s (-0.820) 194.826 mph
35. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 46.296s (-0.921) 194.401 mph
36. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 46.455s (-1.080) 193.736 mph
37. #19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 46.833s (-1.458) 192.172 mph
38. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 46.952s (-1.577) 191.685 mph
39. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 46.978s (-1.603) 191.579 mph
40. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 47.013s (-1.638) 191.436 mph
41. #36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 48.380s (-3.005) 186.027 mph
42. #52 Brian Keselowski Toyota 52.647s (-7.272 ) 170.950 mph

Practice 4

1. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 45.515s (Leader) 197.737 mph
2. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 45.523s (-0.008) 197.702 mph
3. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 45.540s (-0.025) 197.628 mph
4. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 45.557s (-0.042) 197.555 mph
5. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 45.568s (-0.053) 197.507 mph
6. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 45.587s (-0.072) 197.425 mph
7. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 45.610s (-0.095) 197.325 mph
8. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 45.617s (-0.102) 197.295 mph
9. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 45.634s (-0.119) 197.221 mph
10. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 45.676s (-0.161) 197.040 mph
11. #36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 45.727s (-0.212) 196.820 mph
12. #38 David Gilliland Ford 45.784s (-0.269) 196.575 mph
13. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 45.865s (-0.350) 196.228 mph
14. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 45.870s (-0.355) 196.207 mph
15. #34 David Ragan Ford 45.875s (-0.360) 196.185 mph
16. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 45.887s (-0.372) 196.134 mph
17. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 46.015s (-0.500) 195.588 mph
18. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 46.159s (-0.644) 194.978 mph
19. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 46.260s (-0.745) 194.553 mph
20. #35 Josh Wise Ford 46.501s (-0.986) 193.544 mph
21. #19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 46.755s (-1.240) 192.493 mph
22. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 46.897s (-1.382) 191.910 mph
23. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 46.913s (-1.398) 191.844 mph
24. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 46.942s (-1.427) 191.726 mph
25. #22 Joey Logano Ford 46.968s (-1.453) 191.620 mph
26. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 47.462s (-1.947) 189.625 mph
27. #52 Brian Keselowski Toyota 49.144s (-3.629) 183.135 mph



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Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, talks to his crew chief Kenny Francis in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, stands by his car in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Michael Waltrip, driver of the #26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota, stands by his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, sits in his car in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet, talks with Mark Martin, driver of the #55 Aaron`s Dream Machine Toyota, in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmie John`s/Budweiser Chevrolet, suffers a mechanical issue during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeffrey Earnhardt, driver of the #55 Fronius USA/Viva Auto Group Chevrolet, spins out during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS races to a third place finish with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS who finishes in fifth place in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS pulls into his pit on his way to a second place finish in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)

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