|New SHR teammates Harvick and Busch getting acclimated in practice|
A total of 18 drivers practiced in the early practice while only 15 participated in the final session, with Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth not wanting any opportunity to wreck their primary car before the actual race starts.
These practices mean very little, except for giving an indication that the SHR plate programs look to be pretty good and assuring what we already knew that the Hendrick and Gibbs programs are going to be good like they were last season. Most of all, it's just awesome to see the cars lined up again, roaring and ready for action.
The only impression changed somewhat for me based on the practice is that Kurt Busch could be more of a player than I anticipated right out of the gate. He still remains the best plate race driver to never win a points-paying plate race. However, he did win the 2011 Sprint Unlimited. During the practices, three-time Unlimited winner Harvick and Busch hooked up nicely as if they've been teammates for years.
Sprint Unlimited Practice 1 Speeds - Dale Jr Fastest
Sprint Unlimited Practice 2 Speeds - Hamlin Fastest