Dale Earnhardt Jr., with a lap speed of 194.116 MPH, kicked off the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) regular season Saturday morning, with being the fastest in the series’ first Daytona 500 practice session at Daytona International Speedway.
Last year’s Daytona 500 winner, Joey Logano, was second fastest in the session with a lap speed of 193.853 MPH, and he was followed by Matt Kenseth (193.782 MPH) who was third, series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Chase Elliott (193.586) fourth and Kasey Kahne (193.582) was fifth.
Rounding out the top-10 fastest drivers in the practice were Brad Keselowski (193.436 MPH) who was sixth, Greg Biffle (193.407) seventh, Kurt Busch (193.220) eighth, Carl Edwards (193.199) ninth and Martin Truex Jr. (193.100) posting the 10th-fastest lap speed.
The teams will have one more practice session this afternoon from 1:30 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. (ET On FOX Sports 1) prior to Sunday’s qualifying session.
Only the top-two starting positions will be decided on Sunday in qualifying, which is scheduled to get underway around 1:15 p.m. ET, and FOX will provide television coverage of the session. While the rest of the starting lineup will be determined on Thursday (Feb. 18th) at the conclusion of the Can-Am Duel #1 and Duel #2 qualifying races – they are scheduled to get started at approximately 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 respectively.
The 58th annual Daytona 500 is set to get started around 1:00 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Feb. 21st, with television coverage provided by FOX.
|Daytona 500 First Practice|
|Pos.||Car #||Driver||Best Speed||Best Time||Behind||# Laps|
|1||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||194.116||46.364||Leader||11|
|4||24||Chase Elliott #||193.586||46.491||-0.127||8|
|10||78||Martin Truex Jr.||193.100||46.608||-0.244||3|
|13||21||Ryan Blaney* #||192.914||46.653||-0.289||11|
|15||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||192.786||46.684||-0.320||18|
|20||95||Ty Dillon (i)||192.546||46.742||-0.378||5|
|25||44||Brian Scott #||191.971||46.882||-0.518||12|
|34||34||Chris Bueshcher #||190.694||47.196||-0.832||6|
|42||26||Robert Richardson Jr*||187.786||47.927||-1.563||5|
# – Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
* – must compete for the four remaining positions in the field each week
(i) – driver not running for 2016 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points