Schrader tops final practice

Veteran racer Ken Schrader topped the final free practice session before tomorrow's Daytona 500

Schrader tops final practice

Schrader, in his new Wood Brother's berth, lapped the 2.5-mile Super Speedway in 46.708 seconds, 0.044 seconds faster than Martin Truex Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr was third, on the fifth anniversary of his father's death at this race track.

The majority of the drivers chose to run the session as a final shakedown of their cars in a session that passed off with little incident.

Bobby Labonte's engine failed in the session after 34 laps and Brian Vickers escaped a brief brush with the Turn 3 wall.

Jeff Gordon, many people's favourite to take his fourth Daytona 500 victory tomorrow, chose to sit out the session and preserve his car for the main event.

Pos Driver Make Speed 1. Ken Schrader Ford 192.686 2. Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet 192.505 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 191.992 4. Jeff Green Chevrolet 191.714 5. Kevin Lepage Ford 191.701 6. Dale Jarrett Ford 191.506 7. Sterling Marlin Chevrolet 191.485 8. Kyle Petty Dodge 191.379 9. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 191.136 10. Brent Sherman Dodge 191.079 11. Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 190.937 12. Reed Sorenson Dodge 190.900 13. Bobby Labonte Dodge 190.819 14. Denny Hamlin Chevrolet 190.722 15. Greg Biffle Ford 190.714 16. Brian Vickers Chevrolet 190.674 17. J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 190.674 18. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 190.670 19. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 190.621 20. Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 190.460 21. Bill Elliott Chevrolet 190.424 22. Mark Martin Ford 190.355 23. Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 190.219 24. Jamie McMurray Ford 189.966 25. Kurt Busch Dodge 189.861 26. Ryan Newman Dodge 189.849 27. Elliott Sadler Ford 189.821 28. Matt Kenseth Ford 189.793 29. Robby Gordon Chevrolet 189.629 30. Carl Edwards Ford 189.438 31. Michael Waltrip Dodge 189.278 32. David Stremme Dodge 188.675 33. Travis Kvapil Chevrolet 188.573 34. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 188.569 35. Kasey Kahne Dodge 188.466 36. Dave Blaney Dodge 188.352 37. Terry Labonte Chevrolet 188.225 38. Kyle Busch Chevrolet 188.056 39. Casey Mears Dodge 187.970 40. Kirk Shelmerdine Chevrolet 187.426 41. Kenny Wallace Chevrolet 185.973 
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