Saturday, February 21, 2015

Denny Hamlin fastest in final Daytona 500 practice

Denny Hamlin is 12/1 to win Daytona 500
Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, topped final practice for the Daytona 500 on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

Hamlin rounded the famed 2.5-mile track at 202.106 mph. Hendrick Motorsports' Kasey Kahne followed in second place at 202.025 mph.

Greg Biffle, Sam Hornish Jr. and David Ragan rounded out the top-five finishers on the leaderboard.

Regan Smith, the interim driver of the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing for recently suspended Kurt Busch, finshed 30th with a speed of 193.661 mph. It was Smith's first practice in the car in preparation for Sunday's race.

The 57th annual running of the Daytona 500 is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, with TV coverage on FOX.

Top-5 Fastest
1. Denny Hamlin 202.106
2. Kasey Kahne 202.025
3. Greg Biffle 201.853
4. Sam Hornish Jr. 201.816
5. David Ragan 201.712
Notes: slowest: #23-Yeley 187.586 and # 83-Sauter 188.001; most laps run: #42-Larson, 38; #17-Stenhouse Jr., 32. 35 of 43 cars made laps. Not practicing: #'s 2, 10, 21, 22, 44, 47, 55, 66
14 drivers ran 10 consecutive laps, #17-Stenhouse Jr. was the fastest of those at 199.560mph.

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