Johnson, Yeley lead the way at Daytona day two

Johnson, Yeley lead the way at Daytona day two

Jimmie Johnson continued his championship ways by setting the fastest time during the morning session of the second day of week one testing at Daytona International Speedway; the first round for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preseason ...

Jimmie Johnson continued his championship ways by setting the fastest time during the morning session of the second day of week one testing at Daytona International Speedway; the first round for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preseason Thunder.

Jimmie Johnson.
Photo by John Dunagan - Fastlines.
Johnson's No. 48A Chevy lead the way with a 48.711 (184.763mph) and was followed closely by newcomer Jacques Villeneuve, who posted the second fastest time of the morning session in his No. 27B Toyota with a 48.792 (184.456mph). Travis Kvapil in his No. 28B Ford had the third quickest time with a 48.875 (184.143mph) and continued to show that the Roush-Yates engine program is still strong on the superspeedways.

Four of the top ten fastest times during the morning session were owned by Hendrick Motorsports. Casey Mears in his No. 5B Chevy was fourth with a 48.899 (184.053mph), Jeff Gordon in the No. 24A Chevy was seventh with a 48.964 (183.809mph) and Mears clocked in again in ninth in his No. 5A Chevy with a 49.020 (183.599. There were seven Chevys in the top-20.

There were five Toyotas in the top ten also during the morning session, Villeneuve was the fastest in second followed by A.J. Allmendinger who was fifth in his No. 84B Toyota at 48.900 (184.049mph), J.J. Yeley was sixth in the No. 96B Toyota with a 48.951 (183.857mph), and Kyle Busch was eighth and tenth fastest in the No. 18B Toyota with his best time of 48.973 (183.775mph); in the No. 18 Toyota, he had a 49.056 (183.464mph). There were nine Toyotas in the top-20.

Only one Ford cracked the top ten, and it was Kvapil who had the third fastest time of the morning session. The next closest Ford was Matt Kenseth who occupied 16th in the No. 17B Ford with a 49.265 (182.685mph). Greg Biffle timed in 1at 8th and 19th on the speed charts. Biffle clocked a time of 49.316 (182.497mph) in the No. 16B and in the No. 16A Ford with a 49.321 (182.478. There were only four Fords in the top-20.

Not one Dodge clocked in higher than 21st, and that was the No. 98A of Jason Keller, who timed in with a 49.337 (182.419mph). Kyle Petty was the second fastest Dodge in the No. 45A with a 49.362 (182.326mph). The third fastest Dodge in the morning session was Reed Sorenson in the No. 41A at 49.380 (182.260mph). There were ten Dodges below 20th position during the morning session.

The afternoon session saw a change in procedure; it was the first time the drivers got to draft with the new car at Daytona.

Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, J.J. Yeley and Jimmie Johnson.
Photo by John Dunagan - Fastlines.

J.J. Yeley went ahead and started to build confidence for the upcoming season by leading the drafting practice in his No. 96A Toyota with a 48.036 (187.359mph). Kurt Busch in the No. 2B put on a better showing for Dodge by taking second in the afternoon session at 48.047 (187.317mph), and Toyota continued to look good with Kyle Busch in the No. 18B at 48.090 (187.149mph); the third best overall time of the afternoon session.

The fastest Chevrolet in the afternoon session was Joe Nemecheck in the No. 78B who timed in at 48.093 (187.137mph). The second fastest Chevy was Martin Truex Jr.'s No. 1A who finished ninth overall at 48.129 (186.997mph). The third quickest Chevy was Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48B with a 48.157 (186.889mph). There were three Chevys in the top-10 and nine Chevys in the top-20.

The fastest Ford was once again Matt Kenseth in the No. 17A at 48.094 (187.134mph) in fifth overall. The second quickest Ford was the No. 7B of Robby Gordon in 10th overall with a 48.181 (186.796mph). The third quickest Ford was Greg Biffle in the No. 16A who was 14th overall with a time of 48.315 (186.278mph). There were two other Ford cars in the top-10 and only four in the top-20.

There were only three Toyotas in the top-10 and no others made it into even the top-20. lead the way in first, Kyle Busch was third overall and the second fastest Toyota. David Reutimann was seventh overall with a 48.121 (187.029mph). Toyota seemed to struggle during the afternoon drafting session.

Dodge performed better in the afternoon with four cars in the top-20, and two in the top-10. Kurt Busch was the fastest Dodge and second overall, while Reed Sorenson was sixth overall and the second quickest Dodge at 48.095 (187.130mph) in the No. 41A. The third quickest Dodge was Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 42A with a 48.321 (186.254mph) a time good enough for 15th overall.

The afternoon session seemed to have an even spread of times and the first group of drivers will finish out their testing session after tomorrows final day of testing.

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