Joe Gibbs Racing Leads First Daytona 500 Practice

After crashing out of the Clash practice, Denny Hamlin and his team decided to take things easy and not get involved in any drafting practice. The rest of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates did not follow suit as they worked the draft among themselves and took the top-3 spots in the practice speed charts. The rest of the 42 car field was split in their strategy as not all teams decided to try the draft. Only the Top-11 cars on the speed charts were drafting.

The two Saturday practice sessions are the only chances the Cup Series teams have to get track time before Qualifying. These sessions are normally only single car runs, where teams try to tune their car in for Qualifying on Sunday. However, before, the teams would have practices on Wednesday and Thursday to prepare for the Qualifying Duel races on Thursday night. Now, with no practice sessions between Qualifying on Sunday and the Duel races on Thursday, teams are taking the opportunity to get a feel for their car in the draft. Since Qualifying on Sunday only determines the first two starting spots, it would make sense to spend more track time to prepare for the races.

Also noteworthy are the six unchartered teams that will have to fight for four available spots into the Daytona 500. They will be split into each Duel so that there are 3 unchartered cars in each race. The highest finishing unchartered car in each race will be in the Daytona 500. Among the remaining 4 unchartered cars, the 2 fastest in Qualifying this Sunday will take the final spots in the Daytona 500.

First Daytona 500 Practice results:
(i) – ineligible for Cup points
* – unchartered

Pos#DriverMakeTimeSpeed
119Martin Truex Jr.Toyota45.937195.920
218Kyle BuschToyota45.953195.852
320Erik JonesToyota45.967195.793
431*Tyler Reddick (i)Chevy46.369194.095
513Ty DillonChevy46.384194.032
662*Brendan Gaughan (i)Chevy46.386194.024
78Daniel HemricChevy46.409193.928
895Matt DiBenedettoToyota46.494193.573
988Alex BowmanChevy46.613193.079
1034Michael McDowellFord46.688192.769
1196*Parker Kligerman (i)Toyota46.829192.189
1224William ByronChevy46.873192.008
1314Clint BowyerFord46.964191.636
1412Ryan BlaneyFord47.029191.371
1537Chris BuescherChevy47.116191.018
1611Denny HamlinToyota47.163190.828
1748Jimmie JohnsonChevy47.185190.739
189Chase ElliottChevy47.242190.508
1927*Casey MearsChevy47.271190.392
2042Kyle LarsonChevy47.280190.355
2122Joey LoganoFord47.287190.327
2221Paul MenardFord47.362190.026
232Brad KeselowskiFord47.377189.966
2471*Ryan Truex (i)Chevy47.440189.713
254Kevin HarvickFord47.506189.450
266Ryan NewmanFord47.537189.326
2740Jamie McMurrayChevy47.619189.000
2847Ryan PreeceChevy47.620188.996
2938David RaganFord47.631188.953
303Austin DillonChevy47.671188.794
3110Aric AlmirolaFord47.675188.778
3241Daniel SuarezFord47.779188.367
3317Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Ford47.790188.324
341Kurt BuschChevy47.840188.127
3543Bubba WallaceChevy48.041187.340
3632Corey LaJoieFord48.170186.838
3736Matt TifftFord48.311186.293
3815Ross Chastain (i)Chevy48.316186.274
3900Landon Cassill (i)Chevy48.387186.000
4052Cody WareChevy49.171183.035
4151BJ McLeod (i)Chevy49.578181.532
4266*Joey Gase (i)Toyota50.142179.490

Author: Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey (@TomBaileyScoop) grew up in the backyard of Chicagoland Speedway, making a passion for all motorsports inevitable. Tom is entering his first full year of racing coverage in 2020 as the owner and founder of InfieldScoop.com. You can contact him at [email protected]

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