Bubba Wallace tops Daytona 500 Practice 2

Bubba Wallace
Bubba Wallace

Bubba Wallace steered his No. 43 Chevrolet to the top spot on the second Daytona 500 practice leaderboard Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver maxed out at 196.172 mph in five laps.

Two rookies followed Wallace on the board. Cole Custer was a close second at 196.108 mph in his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. John Hunter Nemechek was then third at 196.040 mph in his No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford.

Hendrick Motorsports then occupied the next four spots. Alex Bowman was fourth at 195.088 mph. Jimmie Johnson, making his last full-time run this season, closed out the top five at 194.835 mph. Chase Elliott and William Byron were next in sixth (194.317 mph) and seventh (194.25 mph), respectively.

Denny Hamlin (194.15 mph), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (194.124 mph) and Clint Bowyer (193.836 mph) made up the rest of the top 10.

Unlike in this first practice, no one broke 200 mph this time around.

Before even getting on track, Brad Keselowski damaged the bottom ride side of his No. 2 Team Penske Ford in the garage. His team chose to fix the car rather than go to a backup. Keselowski did not turn any laps after finishing 21st in the first practice at 197.247 mph.

The NASCAR Cup Series will return to the track Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET for the Daytona 500 Busch Pole Qualifying on FOX.

Daytona 500 Practice 2 Results

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Behind Gap
1 43 Bubba Wallace United States Air Force Chevrolet 45.878 196.172 —.— —.—
2 41 Cole Custer # Haas Automation Ford 45.893 196.108 -0.015 -0.015
3 38 John Hunter Citgard Ford 45.909 196.040 -0.031 -0.016
4 88 Alex Bowman Valvoline Chevrolet 46.133 195.088 -0.255 -0.224
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet 46.193 194.835 -0.315 -0.060
6 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 46.316 194.317 -0.438 -0.123
7 24 William Byron Axalta 'Color of the Year' Chevrolet 46.332 194.250 -0.454 -0.016
8 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 46.356 194.150 -0.478 -0.024
9 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger Chevrolet 46.362 194.124 -0.484 -0.006
10 14 Clint Bowyer Rush/Mobil 1 Ford 46.431 193.836 -0.553 -0.069
11 8 Tyler Reddick # Caterpillar Chevrolet 46.476 193.648 -0.598 -0.045
12 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light #PIT4BUSCH Ford 46.507 193.519 -0.629 -0.031
13 95 Christopher Bell # Procore Toyota 46.508 193.515 -0.630 -0.001
14 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 46.515 193.486 -0.637 -0.007
15 20 Erik Jones DEWALT Toyota 46.547 193.353 -0.669 -0.032
16 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 46.592 193.166 -0.714 -0.045
17 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pros Shops Toyota 46.646 192.943 -0.768 -0.054
18 21 Matt DiBenedetto Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 46.697 192.732 -0.819 -0.051
19 1 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Chevrolet 46.752 192.505 -0.874 -0.055
20 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 46.784 192.373 -0.906 -0.032
21 6 Ryan Newman Koch Industries Ford 46.789 192.353 -0.911 -0.005
22 37 Ryan Preece Cottonelle Chevrolet 46.906 191.873 -1.028 -0.117
23 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 46.909 191.861 -1.031 -0.003
24 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 46.938 191.742 -1.060 -0.029
25 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 46.942 191.726 -1.064 -0.004
26 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 47.121 190.998 -1.243 -0.179
27 *62 Brendan Gaughan(i) Beard Motorsports/South Point Chevrolet 47.121 190.998 -1.243 -0.000
28 *16 Justin Haley(i) Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet 47.142 190.913 -1.264 -0.021
29 36 David Ragan Select Blinds Ford 47.217 190.609 -1.339 -0.075
30 *27 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 47.259 190.440 -1.381 -0.042
31 77 Ross Chastain(i) AdventHealth Chevrolet 47.299 190.279 -1.421 -0.040
32 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Peak Ford 47.305 190.255 -1.427 -0.006
33 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/Tracker OffRoad Chev 47.353 190.062 -1.475 -0.048
34 *66 Timmy Hill(i) RoofClaim.com/VSI Racing Ford 47.653 188.865 -1.775 -0.300
35 *49 Chad Finchum Garrison Homes Toyota 47.673 188.786 -1.795 -0.020
36 32 Corey LaJoie RagingBull.com Ford 48.058 187.274 -2.180 -0.385
37 *96 Daniel Suarez Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota 48.319 186.262 -2.441 -0.261
38 00 Quin Houff # Jacob Construction Chevrolet 48.836 184.290 -2.958 -0.517
39 52 BJ McLeod(i) Ford 48.985 183.730 -3.107 -0.149
40 51 Joey Gase(i) EFX Corp. Chevrolet 49.107 183.273 -3.229 -0.122
41 *54 JJ Yeley Ford 50.082 179.705 -4.204 -0.975
42 2 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Ford 0.000 0.000 -0.000 -0.000

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