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Daytona 500: Daniel Suarez completes sweep of Friday practices

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Daytona 500: Daniel Suarez completes sweep of Friday practices
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Feb 16, 2018, 9:01 PM

Daniel Suarez established the fastest lap in Speedweeks practice with a speed of 203.179mph.

Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Ryan Newman was second quick (202.945mph) followed by Michael McDowell, AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.

The drafting started immediately in the fourth practice session with 24 cars in the pack. Kyle Busch initially posted the top speed of 202.689mph with nine Fords in tow. Just after the 10-minute mark, Suarez posted the fastest lap of 203.179mph, Newman, McDowell, Allmendinger, Kyle Busch, Menard, Truex Jr., Kahne, Keselowski and Harvick rounded out the top 10.

William Byron led a draft of his four Hendrick Motorsports teammates—Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman—along with Kyle Larson 15 minutes into practice. Larson had the fastest speed (199.530mph) of the five Chevrolets but his time was just 19th quick. After completing 24 laps, Larson, Byron, Bowman and Elliott retreated to the garage.

“I definitely like that,” Byron said after completing the exercise.

Thirty minutes into the session, the only action was limited to single-lap runs. Keselowski, Blaney and Jamie McMurray ran laps.

Kasey Kahne, Bowman, Truex and Suarez waited on pit road for Johnson to return to the track for another draft. With 10 minutes to go, crew chief Chad Knaus released the No. 48 from the garage. The five cars worked on swapping the lead. Truex pulled off after six laps while the four remaining drivers continued. The pack passed Danica Patrick but she struggled to suck up to the back of the draft. After finally running in the group, she reported that her car was directionally better but the brakes pulled unevenly at times.

Johnson’s 42 laps were the most completed during the session.

Only 29 of 40 drivers participated in the 50-minute session.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 19 mexico Daniel Suarez 
Toyota 27 44.296     203.179
2 31 united_states Ryan Newman 
Chevrolet 20 44.347 0.051 0.051 202.945
3 34 united_states Michael McDowell 
Ford 20 44.364 0.068 0.017 202.867
4 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger 
Chevrolet 19 44.392 0.096 0.028 202.739
5 18 united_states Kyle Busch 
Toyota 16 44.403 0.107 0.011 202.689
6 21 united_states Paul Menard 
Ford 10 44.421 0.125 0.018 202.607
7 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr. 
Toyota 24 44.447 0.151 0.026 202.488
8 95 united_states Kasey Kahne 
Chevrolet 23 44.457 0.161 0.010 202.443
9 2 united_states Brad Keselowski 
Ford 25 44.573 0.277 0.116 201.916
10 4 united_states Kevin Harvick 
Ford 19 44.591 0.295 0.018 201.834
11 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
Ford 20 44.600 0.304 0.009 201.794
12 41 united_states Kurt Busch 
Ford 20 44.604 0.308 0.004 201.776
13 14 united_states Clint Bowyer 
Ford 19 44.610 0.314 0.006 201.748
14 10 united_states Aric Almirola 
Ford 28 44.614 0.318 0.004 201.730
15 3 united_states Austin Dillon 
Chevrolet 5 44.629 0.333 0.015 201.663
16 20 united_states Erik Jones 
Toyota 13 44.720 0.424 0.091 201.252
17 6 united_states Trevor Bayne 
Ford 17 44.726 0.430 0.006 201.225
18 00 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt 
Chevrolet 9 45.089 0.793 0.363 199.605
19 42 united_states Kyle Larson 
Chevrolet 24 45.106 0.810 0.017 199.530
20 24 united_states William Byron 
Chevrolet 24 45.113 0.817 0.007 199.499
21 88 united_states Alex Bowman 
Chevrolet 34 45.120 0.824 0.007 199.468
22 9 united_states Chase Elliott 
Chevrolet 24 45.120 0.824 0.000 199.468
23 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson 
Chevrolet 42 45.121 0.825 0.001 199.464
24 7 united_states Danica Patrick 
Chevrolet 14 45.328 1.032 0.207 198.553
25 13 united_states Ty Dillon 
Chevrolet 6 46.364 2.068 1.036 194.116
26 22 united_states Joey Logano 
Ford 14 46.442 2.146 0.078 193.790
27 38 united_states David Ragan 
Ford 10 46.901 2.605 0.459 191.894
28 12 united_states Ryan Blaney 
Ford 11 46.947 2.651 0.046 191.706
29 1 united_states Jamie McMurray 
Chevrolet 18 47.002 2.706 0.055 191.481
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