Daytona Beach, Fla. – In the second round of NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Tony Stewart and 2013 Daytona 500 pole winner Danica Patrick experienced engine problems within minutes of each other.
Stewart Haas Racing obtains its engines from Hendrick Motorsports, so the problems the duo encountered were a source for concern for both of the powerhouse teams.
In changing engines, Stewart and Patrick will go to the back of Sunday’s qualifying line and they will not be eligible for the pole, plus they will have to start in the rear of the field in the Duel field next Thursday.
Saturday’s practice focused on single-car qualifying with only a small number of cars on the track at any one time. Pack racing or drafting will occur in the week leading up to the Daytona 500.
In the first round of practice, Paul Menard led the way at 195.042 miles per hour with teammate Ryan Newman next in line and team cars of Austin Dillon and Brian Scott were fourth and fifth fastest. Matt Kenseth practiced third fastest.
Newman led the way in round two at 195.346 mph with Dillon second fastest and another rookie, Kyle Larson, third. Kevin Harvick timed in fourth followed by Casey Mears and Ford aces Marcos Ambrose and Greg Biffle.