Earnhardt tops penultimate practice

Dale Earnhardt Jr topped the penultimate practice session before tomorrow's all-important Gatorade Duel qualifying races for the Daytona 500

Earnhardt tops penultimate practice

Howver, not too much can be read into the overall laptimes in the session, as cars worked hard on perfecting race set-ups.

For the most part the field ran in packs to get used to the aerodynamic draft, and simulating the conditions they will all experience in Sunday's prestigious Daytona 500.

Matt Kenseth was second, bouncing back from his unfortunate qualifying attempt where his engine failed. The 2003 champion will start his Duel at the back of the field as a result. Ryan Newman was third quickest.

Kyle Petty and Kenny Wallace both had scary moments controlling their car in the draft, however both survived unharmed.

Budweiser shootout winner Denney Hamlin and former Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope brushed the wall during the session.

Pos Driver Make Speed 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 191.392 2. Matt Kenseth Ford 191.213 3. Ryan Newman Dodge 190.986 4. Kevin Lepage Ford 190.880 5. Scott Wimmer Chevrolet 190.803 6. Jeff Green Chevrolet 190.779 7. Kurt Busch Dodge 190.734 8. David Stremme Dodge 190.698 9. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 190.436 10. Jamie McMurray Ford 190.392 11. Terry Labonte Chevrolet 190.343 12. Elliott Sadler Ford 190.271 13. Kyle Busch Chevrolet 190.259 14. Robby Gordon Chevrolet 190.178 15. Mark Martin Ford 190.170 16. Dale Jarrett Ford 190.062 17. Sterling Marlin Chevrolet 190.022 18. Casey Mears Dodge 190.014 19. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 189.829 20. Mike Wallace Dodge 189.769 21. Greg Biffle Ford 189.753 22. J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 189.697 23. Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 189.689 24. Paul Menard Chevrolet 189.681 25. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 189.514 26. Bobby Labonte Dodge 189.506 27. Reed Sorenson Dodge 189.366 28. Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 189.235 29. Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 189.207 30. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 189.147 31. Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet 189.143 32. Derrike Cope Dodge 189.092 33. Larry Gunselman Dodge 189.004 34. Stanton Barrett Chevrolet 188.897 35. Brent Sherman Dodge 188.834 36. Mike Skinner Dodge 188.770 37. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 188.667 38. Kasey Kahne Dodge 188.667 39. Carl Edwards Ford 188.430 40. Travis Kvapil Chevrolet 188.296 41. Kenny Wallace Chevrolet 188.249 42. Chad Chaffin Chevrolet 188.245 43. Chad Blount Dodge 188.194 44. Bill Elliott Chevrolet 188.084 45. Michael Waltrip Dodge 187.868 46. Scott Riggs Dodge 187.817 47. Dave Blaney Dodge 187.664 48. Brian Vickers Chevrolet 187.645 49. Hermie Sadler Ford 187.531 50. Ken Schrader Ford 187.469 51. Kyle Petty Dodge 187.309 52. Randy LaJoie Chevrolet 187.227 53. Morgan Shepherd Dodge 186.629 54. Denny Hamlin Chevrolet 186.625 55. Kirk Shelmerdine Chevrolet 186.224 56. Larry Foyt Dodge 185.774 57. Andy Belmont Chevrolet 183.064 58. Carl Long Ford 178.902 
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