Allmendinger tops Thursday practice at Daytona In the opening session, AJ Allmendinger was one of just two drivers to break the 200 mph barrier. Allmendinger, who recently earned his first NASCAR national series victory at the Nationwide Series race at Road America, ran his fourth lap in 44.951 seconds, averaging a best speed of 200.218 mph. Clint Bowyer was right behind him, running the 2.5 mile tri-oval in 44.952 seconds.
Carl Edwards (199.831, 45.038), Juan Pablo Montoya (199.707, 45.066) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (199.344, 45.148) rounded out the top-five. Danica Patrick, who earned the pole earlier this season for the Daytona 500, was seventh on the leaderboard.
Points leader Jimmie Johnson (198.636, 45.309) was 10th, while restrictor-plate maven Matt Kenseth (198.566, 45.325) followed in 11th. Reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski (198.531, 45.333) was 13th and ran the most laps of the session with 31. Gordon (197.252, 45.627) ran 25 laps, but found himself in 32nd on the leaderboard.
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