Elliotts 1-2 in Nationwide testing at Daytona

Chase Elliott

Chase and Bill Elliott, the son and father testing for JR Motorsports here this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, led the first day’s efforts as the NASCAR Nationwide Series began its two-day portion of Preseason Thunder.

Chase Elliott, who will run the full season for JRM in the NAPA-branded No. 9 Chevrolet, ended the afternoon session atop the scoreboard with a draft-aided lap of 187.993 mph.

The elder Elliott, winner of the 1988 NASCAR Cup championship, checked in right behind his son at 197.974 mph. While he hasn’t competed since 2012, he is testing a second JRM entry for the organization here this weekend.

Not to be outdone, fellow JRM driver Regan Smith posted the third fastest lap (187.950 mph), with Ty Dillon (Richard Childress Racing) and Trevor Bayne (Roush Fenway Racing) completing the top five.

While Sprint Cup Series testing the previous day saw only limited drafting efforts, Nationwide teams spent a major portion of Friday afternoon in packs on the track.

Missing, however, was the two-car tandem draft which has been a big part of racing at Daytona recently, but which has also been blamed for late-race multi-car crashes.

The use of new cooling systems similar to those in its Cup cars that don’t allow vehicles to stay hooked up nose to rear bumper for multiple laps without overheating the engine of the trailing car should lessen the likelihood of the tandem draft. But officials have taken an additional step, saying they would black-flag teams for doing so during practice sessions and races.

The process is also taboo during this week’s test for both the Nationwide and Truck Series.

“They made it very clear that if we tandem (draft) at all, if you lock bumpers, both cars will be black-flagged," driver Elliott Sadler said.

Twenty-five teams participated in Saturday’s test. Sunday’s schedule will see cars on the track from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams take over the 2.5-mile superspeedway on Monday and Tuesday.

SATURDAY P.M. TESTING SPEEDS

Pos. No. Name Make Laps Time (sec.) Speed (mph)
1. 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 58 47.874 187.993
2. 5 Bill Elliott Chevrolet 65 47.879 187.974
3. 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 55 47.885 187.950
4. 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 76 47.922 187.805
5. 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 57 47.938 187.743
6. 98 David Ragan Ford 25 47.997 187.512
7. 60 Chris Buescher Ford 49 48.026 187.398
8. 32 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 60 48.066 187.243
9. 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Chevrolet 61 48.112 187.064
10. 55 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 39 48.138 186.962
11. 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet 53 48.172 186.831
12. 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford 57 48.178 186.807
13. 99 James Buescher Toyota 55 48.203 186.710
14. 16 Ryan Reed Ford 52 48.216 186.660
15. 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 36 48.232 186.598
16. 85 Bobby Gerhart Chevrolet 30 48.818 184.358
17. 17 Tanner Berryhill Toyota 28 49.269 182.671
18. 23 Ryan Ellis Ford 30 49.716 181.028
19. 22 Ryan Blaney Ford 22 50.025 179.910
20. 11 Elliott Sadler Toyota 27 50.041 179.853
21. 84 Chad Boat Chevrolet 27 50.474 178.310
22. 13 Harrison Rhodes Dodge 15 51.425 175.012
23. 28 Matt Carter Dodge 4 51.631 174.314
24. 52 Joey Gase Toyota 11 51.834 173.631
25. 73 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 11 52.162 172.539

SATURDAY A.M. TESTING SPEEDS

Pos. No. Name Make Laps Time (sec.) Speed (mph)
1. 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Chevrolet 30 49.071 183.408
2. 99 James Buescher Toyota 24 49.074 183.397
3. 32 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 30 49.238 182.786
4. 11 Elliott Sadler Toyota 12 50.048 179.827
5. 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 24 50.169 179.394
6. 16 Ryan Reed Ford 18 50.180 179.354
7. 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 22 50.287 178.973
8. 5 Bill Elliott Chevrolet 27 50.295 178.944
9. 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford 27 50.502 178.211
10. 22 Ryan Blaney Ford 23 50.503 178.207
11. 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 19 50.521 178.144
12. 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet 15 50.544 178.063
13. 60 Chris Buescher Ford 21 50.626 177.774
14. 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 11 50.691 177.546
15. 98 David Ragan Ford 16 50.695 177.532
16. 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 17 50.746 177.354
17. 85 Bobby Gerhart Chevrolet 11 50.991 176.502
18. 84 Chad Boat Chevrolet 17 51.173 175.874
19. 55 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 5 51.510 174.723
20. 23 Ryan Ellis Ford 7 51.927 173.320
21. 52 Joey Gase Toyota 5 52.241 172.278

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