Thursday, July 1, 2010

Don't Put Too Much Into Daytona Happy Hour Times; But Biffle Is Really Good

Please only use the practice times at Daytona as only a small fraction of whatever strategies planning, either in wagering or fantasy. The times are irrelevant! The car that handles the best with a driver that gets the hang of how the wind flow rolls through the new spoiler will have the advantage. Those who ran well at Daytona and Talladega earlier this year will likely do the same again this week.
Robby Gordon had the fastest time during happy hour, and it's not surprising because he is a very accomplished plate racer, but the driver that should be taken seriously this week that often gets overlooked is Greg Biffle. He is using the same car that finished third and led 27 laps in the Daytona 500. A Roush car has won two of the last six Daytona races while the bow-ties of Chevy, who have dominated the last two decades at Daytona, have only one win over that span.   
I'll have a full write-up up tomorrow night to review more from today's events and Friday's qualifying, along with my final ratings.   

Happy Hour practice: for the Coke Zero 400 at Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest and some notes:
#7-Gordon 195.126
#16-Biffle 194.317
#47-Ambrose 194.250
#9-Kahne 194.217
#43-Allmendinger 194.133
slowest: #36-Park 185.843 & #66-Blaney 185.010. no speed: #1-McMurray & #64-Bodine
incidents: #88-Earnhardt, Jr. scraped the wall between turn 1 & 2 early in the session. #47-Ambrose also hit the wall in a separate incident. The teams are repairing both cars. #20-Logano slowed to come into the pits and was hit in the rear by #99-Edwards but didn't hit anything. There was a short caution because of showers at the track. An accident with 30 minutes remaining involved #11-Hamlin, #83-Sorenson, #37-Richardson, and #14-Stewart. All four drivers will go to a backup. The session was called about 15 minutes early because of rain. (From

See the Practice Speeds Page For Complete List of Times From Thursday's Practices

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