The final day of Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway was shortened by rain and Kasey Kahne made the best of his time posting the fastest lap in his No. 9B Dodge with a 47.591 (189.111 mph). Denny Hamlin's No. 11B Toyota was second...
The final day of Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway was shortened by rain and Kasey Kahne made the best of his time posting the fastest lap in his No. 9B Dodge with a 47.591 (189.111 mph). Denny Hamlin's No. 11B Toyota was second quick with a 47.665 (188.818 mph), and Dario Franchitti took third overall with a 47.689 (188.723 mph) in his No. 40 Dodge.
The final session of the day was once again a drafting session, similar to Day 2, and manufacturer equality was much more present in this session.
Dodge had five cars in the top-ten and seven cars in the top-20. Kahne and Franchitti were the top two respectively and Ryan Newman was the third quickest with a 47.724 (188.584 mph) in his No. 12B Dodge.
Toyota improved in the drafting session with three cars in the top-ten and six cars in the top-20. Hamlin lead the way and was followed by Tony Stewart who posted the eighth overall fastest time and Michael Waltrip was the third quickest Toyota with a time good enough for ninth overall. Stewart ran a 47.857 (188.060 mph) in his No. 20B and Waltrip had his the No. 55M at a time of 47.877 (187.982 mph).
Chevy had a decent session with one car in the top-ten and five cars in the top-20. Regan Smith was the quickest Chevy being fourth overall, Paul Menard was 13th overall and second best, while Scott Riggs had the third quickest time posted for a Chevy in the 18th position overall. Smith ran a 47.703 (188.667 mph) in the No. 01A, Menard in the No. 15A ran a 47.912 (187.844 mph), and Riggs clocked in with a 48.007 (187.473 mph) in the No. 66H.
Ford once again couldn't seem to get a handle on things with only one car in the top-ten and two cars in the top-20. David Ragan in the No. 6B was the fastest of the Fords and he was followed by his teammate Jamie McMurray in the No. 26A. Third quick was the No. 21B of Bill Elliot with a 48.042 (187.336 mph). Ragan ran a 47.888 (187.939 mph) which placed him tenth overall, McMurray clocked in with a 47.910 (187.852 mph) and timed in 12th overall, while Elliott's time was only good enough for 21st overall.
Fifty-two cars attempted timed runs for the final day of testing and Norm Benning once again was the slowest time clocked in with a 50.171 (179.386 mph) in his No. 57A Chevy.
Since all days of the first round of Preseason Thunder are over, the cumulative drafting speeds are out and fastest throughout the entire six days of on-track time split into two groups was Kahne. Kahne was quickest in his Dodge while Kyle Busch in a Toyota had the second best time throughout the two weeks. Hamlin was third best and it is an interesting fact to note that 14 of the top-20 cumulative testing speeds were set on final day of testing in each group. Kahne and Hamlin both set their time on day six. while Busch set his on day three during the afternoon session.
The cumulative single car testing speeds were quite different though. Dale Earnhardt Jr. set the fastest time of single car runs on day five during the morning session in a Chevy and Dave Blaney in a Toyota had the second quickest single car run during the morning session of day four. Another Toyota was third quick during single car runs and that was the No. 55 of Waltrip who set his best single car time during the morning session of the fifth day.
Now that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing from Daytona is over, we can look forward to the NASCAR Grand National "Nationwide" Series tests at Daytona during Jan. 21st - 22nd. Testing picks up again as the Sprint Cup teams head out to Las Vegas from Jan. 28th - 30th, and then they move right on to Fontana for two days of testing on Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st to close out the annual Preseason Thunder.