Jimmie Johnson lead fifth practice, as majority of Cup teams decide not to participate in Thursday practice,

johnsonOnly seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) drivers selected to participate in Thursday’s early afternoon practice at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for tonight’s Can-Am Duel qualifying races and Sunday’s Daytona 500.

In the “55-minute” long practice, it was Jimmie Johnson who was the quickest – with a lap speed of 193.054 MPH, and he was followed by series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Brian Scott and driver Aric Almirola (with the identical lap speed of 189.897 MPH) who were second and third quickest respectively.

Rounding out the final seven quickest drivers were Ty Dillon (189.837 MPH) who was fourth, Ryan Newman (189.426) fifth, Kyle Larson (189.362) sixth and Michael Waltrip (188.363) posting the seventh-quickest lap speed.

Now that the top-two starting positions were decided this past Sunday, the rest of the starting lineup will be determined at the conclusion of this evening’s 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 Fifth Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 193.054 46.619 Leader 26
2 44 Brian Scott # 189.897 47.394 -0.775 12
3 43 Aric Almirola 189.897 47.394 -0.775 11
4 95 Ty Dillon (i) 189.837 47.409 -0.790 5
5 31 Ryan Newman 189.697 47.444 -0.825 20
6 42 Kyle Larson 189.362 47.528 -0.909 7
7 83 Michael Waltrip 188.363 47.780 -1.161 5
8 1 Jamie McMurray 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
9 2 Brad Keselowski 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
10 3 Austin Dillon 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
11 4 Kevin Harvick 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
12 5 Kasey Kahne 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
13 6 Trevor Bayne 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
14 7 Regan Smith 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
15 10 Danica Patrick 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
16 11 Denny Hamlin 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
17 13 Casey Mears 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
18 14 Brian Vickers 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
19 15 Clint Bowyer 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
20 16 Greg Biffle 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
22 18 Kyle Busch 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
23 19 Carl Edwards 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
24 20 Matt Kenseth 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
25 21 Ryan Blaney # 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
26 22 Joey Logano 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
27 23 David Ragan 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
28 24 Chase Elliott # 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
29 26 Robert Richardson Jr* 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
30 27 Paul Menard 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
31 30 Josh Wise* 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
32 32 Bobby Labonte 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
33 34 Chris Bueshcher # 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
34 35 David Gilliland* 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
35 38 Landon Cassill 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
36 40 Reed Sorenson* 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
37 41 Kurt Busch 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
38 46 Michael Annett 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
39 47 AJ Allmendinger 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
40 59 Michael McDowell* 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
41 78 Martin Truex Jr. 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
42 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
43 93 Matt Dibenedetto 0.000 0.000 46.619 0
44 98 Cole Whitt* 0.000 0.000 46.619 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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