Fords Lead Daytona 500 Practice

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DAYTONA BEACH FL – RIS – The first and only practice sessions for Sunday’s Daytona 500 were held at the Daytona International Speedway this evening and proved to be an eye-opener.  Two sessions were held with Michael McDowell was fastest in the first round of practice, and Ryan Blaney having the fastest speed in the second.  In fact, Ford Mustangs had the fastest practice times all day. The fifth fastest speeds in the first round were held by McDowell, David Ragan, Todd Gilliland, Brad Keselowski, and Chris Beuscher.   

The second round, led by Ryan Blaney had the seven fastest speeds.  Blaney was followed by Joey Logano, Cole Custer, Cody Ware, Harrison Burton, Chase Briscoe, Beuscher, Burton, Briscoe, Cindric, Keselowski, and Aric Almirola.

The best 10-consecutive lap average was achieved by Austin Cindric with Logano, Burton, Blaney, Custer, Keselowski close behind.  A chart to see where  your driver fared is below.

Practice 1- 64th Annual DAYTONA 500 - Daytona International Speedway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 46.696, 192.736, 24, 25, ---.---, ---.---
2) David Ragan, No. 15 Select Blinds Ford, 46.713, 192.666, 16, 18, -0.017, -0.017
3) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 First Phase Credit Card Ford, 46.717, 192.649, 18, 20, -0.021, -0.004
4) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 46.729, 192.600, 20, 21, -0.033, -0.012
5) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 46.736, 192.571, 20, 22, -0.040, -0.007
6) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 47.075, 191.184, 14, 19, -0.379, -0.339
7) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 47.081, 191.160, 14, 27, -0.385, -0.006
8) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota, 47.083, 191.152, 14, 22, -0.387, -0.002
9) Kurt Busch, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 47.085, 191.144, 14, 20, -0.389, -0.002
10) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Toyota, 47.089, 191.127, 14, 27, -0.393, -0.004
11) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 47.114, 191.026, 8, 16, -0.418, -0.025
12) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 47.121, 190.998, 8, 13, -0.425, -0.007
13) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 47.133, 190.949, 10, 19, -0.437, -0.012
14) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/Irish Spring Chevrolet, 47.386, 189.930, 9, 15, -0.690, -0.253
15) Christopher Bell, No. 20 DeWalt Toyota, 47.497, 189.486, 13, 27, -0.801, -0.111
16) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light #BUSCHRACETEAM Ford, 47.552, 189.266, 8, 16, -0.856, -0.055
17) Greg Biffle(i), No. *44 Grambling State University Chevrolet, 47.827, 188.178, 4, 10, -1.131, -0.275
18) Noah Gragson(i), No. *62 Beard Oil/South Point Chevrolet, 47.850, 188.088, 13, 14, -1.154, -0.023
19) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 48.496, 185.582, 15, 15, -1.800, -0.646
20) William Byron Jr., No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet, 48.556, 185.353, 8, 9, -1.860, -0.060
21) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet, 48.661, 184.953, 13, 13, -1.965, -0.105
22) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet, 48.680, 184.881, 6, 10, -1.984, -0.019
23) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet, 48.788, 184.472, 16, 16, -2.092, -0.108
24) Daniel Hemric(i), No. 16 Heritage Pool Supply Group Chevrolet, 48.843, 184.264, 7, 7, -2.147, -0.055
25) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/DEX Imaging Ford, 49.043, 183.512, 7, 7, -2.347, -0.200
26) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Discount Tire Ford, 49.051, 183.482, 2, 10, -2.355, -0.008
27) Timmy Hill(i), No. *66 Bumper.com Ford, 49.202, 182.919, 8, 8, -2.506, -0.151
28) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Built.com Chevrolet, 49.240, 182.778, 9, 11, -2.544, -0.038
29) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 49.280, 182.630, 11, 11, -2.584, -0.040
30) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Advent Health Chevrolet, 49.285, 182.611, 9, 9, -2.589, -0.005
31) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevrolet, 49.329, 182.448, 8, 8, -2.633, -0.044
32) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford, 49.403, 182.175, 13, 13, -2.707, -0.074
33) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 49.410, 182.149, 8, 17, -2.714, -0.007
34) JJ Yeley(i), No. *55 Hex.com Ford, 49.455, 181.984, 6, 14, -2.759, -0.045
35) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 49.505, 181.800, 6, 6, -2.809, -0.050
36) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 49.646, 181.283, 7, 7, -2.950, -0.141
37) Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 49.704, 181.072, 6, 6, -3.008, -0.058
38) Landon Cassill(i), No. 77 FOX Nation Chevrolet, 49.843, 180.567, 10, 11, -3.147, -0.139
39) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Blue DEF/PEAK Ford, 49.848, 180.549, 3, 3, -3.152, -0.005
40) Jacques Villeneueve, No. *27 Hezeberg Engineering Systems Ford, 49.870, 180.469, 6, 18, -3.174, -0.022
41) Kaz Grala(i), No. *50 Pit Viper Sunglasses Chevrolet, 50.207, 179.258, 2, 5, -3.511, -0.337
42) BJ McLeod, No. 78 NASCAR Ignition Ford, 50.671, 177.616, 1, 1, -3.975, -0.464
(*) Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos, Driver, Car, From Lap, To Lap, Avg Speed
1) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 First Phase Credit Card Ford, 10, 19, 190.311
2) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 16, 25, 190.298
3) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 12, 21, 190.293
4) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 12, 21, 190.126
5) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 4, 13, 189.471
6) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 4, 13, 189.463
7) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 6, 15, 189.330
8) Kurt Busch, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 7, 16, 188.588
9) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 7, 16, 188.564
10) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota, 8, 17, 187.987
11) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Toyota, 7, 16, 187.908
12) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 6, 15, 187.836
13) Christopher Bell, No. 20 DeWalt Toyota, 6, 15, 187.394
14) *Greg Biffle(i), No. *44 Grambling State University Chevrolet, 1, 10, 183.733
15) *Jacques Villeneueve, No. *27 Hezeberg Engineering Systems Ford, 1, 10, 178.463
(*) Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above list.

Practice 2 - 64th Annual DAYTONA 500 - Daytona International Speedway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Blue DEF/PEAK Ford, 46.732, 192.588, 19, 24, ---.---, ---.---
2) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 46.842, 192.135, 20, 25, -0.110, -0.110
3) Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 47.095, 191.103, 11, 17, -0.363, -0.253
4) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 47.096, 191.099, 8, 12, -0.364, -0.001
5) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 47.099, 191.087, 11, 16, -0.367, -0.003
6) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/DEX Imaging Ford, 47.114, 191.026, 12, 17, -0.382, -0.015
7) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford, 47.134, 190.945, 11, 20, -0.402, -0.020
8) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Discount Tire Ford, 47.135, 190.941, 13, 18, -0.403, -0.001
9) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 47.146, 190.896, 9, 13, -0.414, -0.011
10) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 47.266, 190.412, 12, 21, -0.534, -0.120
11) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet, 48.025, 187.402, 16, 18, -1.293, -0.759
12) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light #BUSCHRACETEAM Ford, 48.042, 187.336, 4, 24, -1.310, -0.017
13) Landon Cassill(i), No. 77 FOX Nation Chevrolet, 48.280, 186.413, 6, 13, -1.548, -0.238
14) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/Irish Spring Chevrolet, 48.358, 186.112, 5, 10, -1.626, -0.078
15) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet, 48.401, 185.947, 20, 22, -1.669, -0.043
16) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 48.621, 185.105, 8, 14, -1.889, -0.220
17) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Built.com Chevrolet, 48.626, 185.086, 5, 5, -1.894, -0.005
18) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 48.738, 184.661, 2, 10, -2.006, -0.112
19) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 48.976, 183.763, 3, 5, -2.244, -0.238
20) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 49.020, 183.599, 5, 6, -2.288, -0.044
21) Daniel Hemric(i), No. 16 Heritage Pool Supply Group Chevrolet, 49.190, 182.964, 6, 6, -2.458, -0.170
22) Kaz Grala(i), No. *50 Pit Viper Sunglasses Chevrolet, 49.270, 182.667, 8, 11, -2.538, -0.080
23) Christopher Bell, No. 20 DeWalt Toyota, 49.302, 182.548, 2, 8, -2.570, -0.032
24) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 49.308, 182.526, 3, 9, -2.576, -0.006
25) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Advent Health Chevrolet, 49.453, 181.991, 2, 2, -2.721, -0.145
26) William Byron Jr., No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet, 49.468, 181.936, 2, 8, -2.736, -0.015
27) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota, 49.482, 181.884, 9, 9, -2.750, -0.014
28) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 49.505, 181.800, 1, 5, -2.773, -0.023
29) Kurt Busch, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 49.518, 181.752, 6, 7, -2.786, -0.013
30) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Toyota, 49.556, 181.613, 5, 8, -2.824, -0.038
31) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 49.557, 181.609, 1, 5, -2.825, -0.001
32) Noah Gragson(i), No. *62 Beard Oil/South Point Chevrolet, 49.564, 181.583, 13, 13, -2.832, -0.007
33) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet, 49.628, 181.349, 6, 12, -2.896, -0.064
34) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 49.713, 181.039, 2, 2, -2.981, -0.085
35) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevrolet, 49.858, 180.513, 2, 3, -3.126, -0.145
36) Greg Biffle(i), No. *44 Grambling State University Chevrolet, 50.017, 179.939, 5, 5, -3.285, -0.159
37) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 First Phase Credit Card Ford, 50.110, 179.605, 4, 4, -3.378, -0.093
38) David Ragan, No. 15 Select Blinds Ford, 50.167, 179.401, 1, 4, -3.435, -0.057
39) BJ McLeod, No. 78 NASCAR Ignition Ford, 50.342, 178.777, 3, 4, -3.610, -0.175
40) Timmy Hill(i), No. *66 Bumper.com Ford, 50.512, 178.175, 1, 7, -3.780, -0.170
41) Jacques Villeneueve, No. *27 Hezeberg Engineering Systems Ford, 50.550, 178.042, 3, 9, -3.818, -0.038
42) JJ Yeley(i), No. *55 Hex.com Ford, 51.214, 175.733, 8, 8, -4.482, -0.664
(*) Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos, Driver, Car, From Lap, To Lap, Avg Speed, , , ,
1) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Discount Tire Ford, 9, 18, 189.359, , , ,
2) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 13, 22, 189.205, , , ,
3) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/DEX Imaging Ford, 8, 17, 189.194, , , ,
4) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Blue DEF/PEAK Ford, 15, 24, 189.172, , , ,
5) Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 2, 11, 187.584, , , ,
6) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 2, 11, 187.559, , , ,
7) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 2, 11, 187.485, , , ,
8) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford, 3, 12, 187.306, , , ,
9) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 3, 12, 187.220, , , ,
10) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 1, 10, 185.123, , , ,
11) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light #BUSCHRACETEAM Ford, 10, 19, 183.637, , , ,
12) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 3, 12, 183.515, , , ,
13) *Noah Gragson(i), No. *62 Beard Oil/South Point Chevrolet, 1, 10, 179.223, , , ,
(*) Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above li

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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