Johnny Benson and Greg Biffle led Saturday's two Winston Cup practice sessions at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway as every one of the 43 teams started working in the draft .

Predicting a pecking order after Saturday's two sessions was tough, as Happy Hour leader Benson placed only 25th on the time charts in morning practice while Biffle wound up only 31st in Happy Hour with teams far more concerned with how their cars handled in traffic rather than outright speed. Indeed Benson and Biffle will both be starting from the final quarter of the field after failing to find a decent qualifying set-up on Friday.

Jeremy Mayfield, Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray were Benson's closest challengers on the timesheets in Happy Hour while Ricky Craven, Sterling Marlin and Kyle Petty, driving Tony Stewart's #20 Home Depot Chevrolet as Stewart was struck down with a migraine, followed Biffle in first practice.

In fact only Matt Kenseth, who was slowest of all in Friday practice and had to use a qualifying provisional to make the field, and Jeff Gordon set top-ten times in each Saturday session such are the differences between this and any 'normal' Winston Cup weekend.

In the Joe Gibbs Racing camp, Stewart awoke on Saturday morning with a migraine and subsequently sat out both sessions. Kyle Petty was called upon the run the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet in first practice, while Stewart's teammate Bobby Labonte juggled Stewart's and his own machines in Happy Hour.

Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jason Keller, who both had their qualifying times disallowed were 13th (Keller) and 21st in morning practice and 12th (Keller again) and 37th in Happy Hour.

EA Sports 500 Bud Pole winner Elliott Sadler was 15th fastest in morning practice and 14th in Happy Hour.

 

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