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02/07/09
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Elliott fastest in first Cup qualifying practice  
Bill Elliott in the Word Brothers Ford
Wood Brothers Racing's Bill Elliott recorded the fastest lap in Saturday's opening NASCAR Sprint Cup practice for the Daytona 500. Elliott, with a lap of 187.645 mph, beat out Hall of Fame Racing's Bobby Labonte at 187.414 and Hendrick Motorsports' Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 187.348 to post the best speed in the two-hour session at Daytona International Speedway.

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's Martin Truex Jr. and Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch were fourth and fifth quickest, respectively, with JGR's Joey Logano, JGR's Denny Hamlin, Hendrick's Jimmie Johnson, Stewart-Haas Racing's Ryan Newman and Yates Racing's Paul Menard completing the top 10.

JGR Toyota teammates Joey Logano and Kyle Busch
There were no accidents during the session, which will be followed by a 90-minute practice scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EST Saturday and Sunday's round of qualifying that will lock in only the front row for the Daytona 500.

The rest of the field will be set according to the results in two Gatorade Dual qualifying races next Thursday and owners points.

Results

FIN

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 187.950 47.885 Leader
2 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 187.504 47.999 -0.114
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 187.348 48.039 -0.154
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 187.332 48.043 -0.158
5 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 187.285 48.055 -0.170
6 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg's / Carquest 187.215 48.073 -0.188
7 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 187.184 48.081 -0.196
8 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 186.881 48.159 -0.274
9 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero 186.881 48.159 -0.274
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 186.823 48.174 -0.289
11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 186.823 48.174 -0.289
12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 186.776 48.186 -0.301
13 20 Joey Logano* Toyota The Home Depot 186.714 48.202 -0.317
14 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards 186.494 48.259 -0.374
15 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Window World 186.393 48.285 -0.400
16 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 186.386 48.287 -0.402
17 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 186.258 48.320 -0.435
18 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley 186.197 48.336 -0.451
19 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing 186.193 48.337 -0.452
20 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 186.162 48.345 -0.460
21 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Valvoline 186.143 48.350 -0.465
22 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 186.124 48.355 -0.470
23 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Golden Corral 186.043 48.376 -0.491
24 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald's 186.043 48.376 -0.491
25 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 186.031 48.379 -0.494
26 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 185.966 48.396 -0.511
27 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 185.874 48.420 -0.535
28 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 185.785 48.443 -0.558
29 08 Boris Said Ford U.S. Chrome 185.781 48.444 -0.559
30 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 185.762 48.449 -0.564
31 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 185.720 48.460 -0.575
32 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 185.521 48.512 -0.627
33 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 185.471 48.525 -0.640
34 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 185.380 48.549 -0.664
35 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 185.330 48.562 -0.677
36 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 185.307 48.568 -0.683
37 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 185.273 48.577 -0.692
38 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 185.250 48.583 -0.698
39 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 185.139 48.612 -0.727
40 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 184.790 48.704 -0.819
41 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 184.729 48.720 -0.835
42 171 Mike Wallace Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 184.665 48.737 -0.852
43 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 184.528 48.773 -0.888
44 127 Kirk Shelmerdine Toyota Kirk Shelmerdine Racing 184.328 48.826 -0.941
45 73 Mike Garvey Dodge Jani-King 184.064 48.896 -1.011
46 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 184.034 48.904 -1.019
47 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver's 183.255 49.112 -1.227
48 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 182.463 49.325 -1.440
49 66 Terry Labonte Toyota Window World 182.264 49.379 -1.494
50 123 Mike Skinner Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 182.142 49.412 -1.527
51 175 Derrike Cope Dodge Blu Frog Energy Drink 181.807 49.503 -1.618
52 64 Geoff Bodine Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 180.654 49.819 -1.934
53 51 Kelly Bires Dodge BlackJack Racing 180.205 49.943 -2.058
54 146 Carl Long Dodge Romeo Guest Construction 179.835 50.046 -2.161
55 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Benning Racing 176.665 50.944 -3.059
56 60 James Hylton Dodge Carter / Simo Racing - - -
57 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil - - -

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