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.
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