Dodge teams pace Wednesday practice

Dodge teams pace Wednesday practice

The Ganassi Dodge's paced Wednesday practice for the Nextel Cup teams, with Jamie McMurray posting a fast lap of 191.290 mph, and Casey Mears charting 191.253 mph. Jamie McMurray. Photo by Eric Gilbert. "The speed chart doesn't really...

The Ganassi Dodge's paced Wednesday practice for the Nextel Cup teams, with Jamie McMurray posting a fast lap of 191.290 mph, and Casey Mears charting 191.253 mph.

Jamie McMurray.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
"The speed chart doesn't really represent anything in practice," commented McMurray. "We were really worried about the right front tire. I know a lot of guys were concerned with that. We finally got our car where it wasn't so tight. We'll make some adjustments for tomorrow. It's going to be a really good. I think we'll have a fast car. I'm pretty happy with it right now."

Rookie of the year contender, Brendan Gaughan was third quickest, with a time of 190.945 mph in the No. 77 Penske Dodge.

"I struggled a little," said Gaughan. "And I still have a lot to learn. I worked with Casey Mears and Jamie McMurray. We got those Dodges hooked up and we've got some strong Dodge horsepower. We pushed our way up there. I think the Dodges are going to draft well. We're pretty strong."

The lone Chevrolet in the top-five was the No. 4 of Kevin LePage in fourth, while another rookie candidate, Scott Wimmer earned the fifth fastest time.

All-in-all, there were six Dodge's in the top ten, two Chevrolets, and two Fords.

The DEI cars were unusually slow, with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. posting only the 21rst best time, while teammates John Andretti and Michael Waltrip made the list in 26th and 30th.

Meanwhile, the only two cars locked in for the starting field of the Daytona 500, Elliott Salder and Greg Biffle ran 6th and 15th fastest.

"Today we really didn't run as good as we would have liked or made the progress we wanted to make," said Sadler. "We're still working hard on that. We're gonna make a few changes tonight and try to use some of our Bud Shootout notes and go from there."

Final practice for the Daytona 500 is Saturday, the field races in the Gatorade Twin 125 qualifying events Thursday to set the rest of the starting field for the Great American Race.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Michael Waltrip , Greg Biffle , Casey Mears , Jamie McMurray , Scott Wimmer , Brendan Gaughan , Eric Gilbert