Michael McDowell fastest in first qualifying race practice

Michael McDowellMichael McDowell, who needs to qualify on time to make this Sunday’s 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Daytona 500, was the quickest early Wednesday evening with a lap speed of 200.173 MPH, during the third Daytona 500 practice session at Daytona International Speedway.

The 2011 event winner, Trevor Bayne, was second quickest in the session with a lap speed of 199.916 MPH, and he was followed by Greg Biffle (199.619 MPH) who was third, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (199.252) fourth and Casey Mears (199.164) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the practice were Paul Menard (199.124 MPH) who was sixth, Regan Smith (198.983) seventh, series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate and pole-sitter, Chase Elliott (198.286) eighth, AJ Allmendinger (197.681) ninth and ROTY candidate Brian Scott (197.633) posting the 10th-quickest lap speed.

The teams will have one more practice this evening from 6:10 p.m. – 6:55 p.m. (ET), and FOX Sports 1 will continue to air television coverage of practice.

Now that the top-two starting positions were decided this past Sunday, 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.

After the duel qualifiers, the teams will have two practice sessions on Friday 12:00 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. ET  both on FOX Sports 1, and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice will be on Saturday from 12:15 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. ET – on FOX Sports 1.

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 Third Practice
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 59 Michael McDowell* 200.173 44.961 Leader 10
2 6 Trevor Bayne 199.916 45.019 -0.058 18
3 16 Greg Biffle 199.619 45.086 -0.125 19
4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 199.252 45.169 -0.208 26
5 13 Casey Mears 199.164 45.189 -0.228 17
6 27 Paul Menard 199.124 45.198 -0.237 18
7 7 Regan Smith 198.983 45.230 -0.269 17
8 24 Chase Elliott # 198.286 45.389 -0.428 14
9 47 AJ Allmendinger 197.681 45.528 -0.567 22
10 44 Brian Scott # 197.633 45.539 -0.578 23
11 14 Brian Vickers 197.182 45.643 -0.682 20
12 98 Cole Whitt* 196.825 45.726 -0.765 8
13 42 Kyle Larson 196.717 45.751 -0.790 16
14 22 Joey Logano 196.588 45.781 -0.820 22
15 15 Clint Bowyer 196.575 45.784 -0.823 21
16 21 Ryan Blaney # 196.408 45.823 -0.862 20
17 2 Brad Keselowski 196.386 45.828 -0.867 22
18 10 Danica Patrick 196.382 45.829 -0.868 25
19 35 David Gilliland* 196.254 45.859 -0.898 9
20 26 Robert Richardson Jr* 195.963 45.927 -0.966 15
21 5 Kasey Kahne 195.878 45.947 -0.986 20
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 195.771 45.972 -1.011 10
23 38 Landon Cassill 195.559 46.022 -1.061 12
24 34 Chris Bueshcher # 195.520 46.031 -1.070 15
25 30 Josh Wise* 195.113 46.127 -1.166 11
26 3 Austin Dillon 195.050 46.142 -1.181 12
27 93 Matt Dibenedetto 194.519 46.268 -1.307 19
28 46 Michael Annett 194.359 46.306 -1.345 13
29 1 Jamie McMurray 193.966 46.400 -1.439 16
30 40 Reed Sorenson* 193.794 46.441 -1.480 5
31 48 Jimmie Johnson 193.179 46.589 -1.628 15
32 31 Ryan Newman 192.189 46.829 -1.868 21
33 32 Bobby Labonte 190.977 47.126 -2.165 14
34 95 Ty Dillon (i) 190.553 47.231 -2.270 11
35 23 David Ragan 190.464 47.253 -2.292 2
36 43 Aric Almirola 189.998 47.369 -2.408 5
37 4 Kevin Harvick 0.000 0.000 44.961 0
38 11 Denny Hamlin 0.000 0.000 44.961 0
39 18 Kyle Busch 0.000 0.000 44.961 0
40 19 Carl Edwards 0.000 0.000 44.961 0
41 20 Matt Kenseth 0.000 0.000 44.961 0
42 41 Kurt Busch 0.000 0.000 44.961 0
43 78 Martin Truex Jr. 0.000 0.000 44.961 0
44 83 Michael Waltrip 0.000 0.000 44.961 0

# – Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
* – must race their way into the Daytona 500
(i) – driver not running for 2016 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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