Kyle Busch leads opening Daytona Cup practice

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Kyle Busch leads opening Daytona Cup practice
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Jun 29, 2017, 8:11 PM

Kyle Busch topped the speed chart in first practice for the Coke Zero 400 on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

Busch posted a lap of of 197.438-mph followed by the Fords of Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Trevor Bayne and defending Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch.

Kyle Larson was the first driver on the track. He ran laps with his Ganassi Racing teammate Jamie McMurray. But the Fords showed strength early in the draft. In the first 10 minutes, seven cars combined to push Brad Keselowski to the top of the speed chart with a lap of 197.230mph. Harvick was second with a lap of 197.200mph. Logano, Blaney, Stenhouse Jr., Bayne, Kurt Busch, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 10 speeds.

Thirty minutes into the session, the Toyotas were aligned with Hamlin (11th) holding the fastest lap followed by Kenseth, Truex, Suarez and Kyle Busch. Paul Menard (ninth, 195.580mph) broke into the top 10 with an assist from Ty Dillon (10th) as the Chevys ganged up together. With 20 minutes remaining, Matt DiBenedetto jumped up to seventh (197.148mph).

Kyle Busch, who is sans his primary and back-up crew chiefs due to not securing lug nuts at Dover and Sonoma, respectively, broke up the Ford party a minute later with a speed of 197.438mph. Keselowski, Harvick, Logano and Blaney completed the top-five speeds.

Ty Dillon’s 37 circuits were the most laps completed during the first of two 55-minute sessions. He was 11th quick.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is making his final start at Daytona in the No. 88 Chevy with Hendrick Motorsports, posted the 19th-fastest lap.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 19 45.584     197.438
2 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 22 45.632 0.048 0.048 197.230
3 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 14 45.639 0.055 0.007 197.200
4 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 25 45.647 0.063 0.008 197.165
5 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 14 45.647 0.063 0.000 197.165
6 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 17 45.648 0.064 0.001 197.161
7 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 13 45.651 0.067 0.003 197.148
8 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 26 45.655 0.071 0.004 197.131
9 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 18 45.660 0.076 0.005 197.109
10 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 20 45.662 0.078 0.002 197.100
11 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 37 45.844 0.260 0.182 196.318
12 43 united_states Darrell Wallace Jr.  Ford 32 45.855 0.271 0.011 196.271
13 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 31 45.895 0.311 0.040 196.100
14 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 25 45.950 0.366 0.055 195.865
15 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 17 45.958 0.374 0.008 195.831
16 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 22 45.995 0.411 0.037 195.673
17 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 24 46.017 0.433 0.022 195.580
18 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 15 46.026 0.442 0.009 195.542
19 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 26 46.080 0.496 0.054 195.312
20 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 19 46.102 0.518 0.022 195.219
21 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 19 46.142 0.558 0.040 195.050
22 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 20 46.161 0.577 0.019 194.970
23 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 12 46.175 0.591 0.014 194.911
24 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 29 46.227 0.643 0.052 194.691
25 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 28 46.275 0.691 0.048 194.489
26 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 26 46.285 0.701 0.010 194.447
27 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 16 46.387 0.803 0.102 194.020
28 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 22 46.547 0.963 0.160 193.353
29 7 united_states Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 11 46.729 1.145 0.182 192.600
30 75 united_states Brendan Gaughan  Chevrolet 14 46.741 1.157 0.012 192.550
31 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 20 46.766 1.182 0.025 192.448
32 23 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 16 47.313 1.729 0.547 190.223
33 83 united_states Ryan Sieg  Toyota 9 47.449 1.865 0.136 189.677
34 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 17 47.620 2.036 0.171 188.996
35 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 13 47.671 2.087 0.051 188.794
36 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 13 47.844 2.260 0.173 188.111
37 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 11 48.156 2.572 0.312 186.893
38 15 canada DJ Kennington  Chevrolet 3 48.332 2.748 0.176 186.212
39 55 united_states Reed Sorenson  Toyota 1 48.704 3.120 0.372 184.790
40 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 9 49.191 3.607 0.487 182.960
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Daytona II
Location Daytona International Speedway
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report