Ty Dillon tops opening Daytona 500 practice

Ty Dillon
Ty Dillon

Ty Dillon clocked the fastest lap time in the first of two Daytona 500 practices Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. The driver of the No. 15 Germain Racing Chevrolet circled the 2.5-mile Florida track in 44.809 seconds at 203.592 mph.

As the only other driver to break the 203-mph mark, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second fastest at 203.192 mph in his No. 47 JTG Daugherty Chevrolet.

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin (202.684 mph), Erik Jones (202.525 mph) and Martin Truex Jr. (202.379 mph) then rounded out the top five in order with their Toyotas.

The bottom half of the top 10 featured a variety of competitors. Rookie Christopher Bell was sixth at 202.293 mph. Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch was seventh at 202.188 mph. Daniel Suarez and Matt DiBenedetto, who are both in new rides this season, were eighth (202.152 mph) and 10th (201.902 mph), respectively. The retired David Ragan was then ninth at 202.097 mph.

Daytona 500 Practice 1 Results

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Behind Gap
1 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 44.206 203.592 —.— —.—
2 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger Chevrolet 44.293 203.192 -0.087 -0.087
3 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 44.404 202.684 -0.198 -0.111
4 20 Erik Jones DEWALT Toyota 44.439 202.525 -0.233 -0.035
5 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pros Shops Toyota 44.471 202.379 -0.265 -0.032
6 95 Christopher Bell # Procore Toyota 44.490 202.293 -0.284 -0.019
7 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 44.513 202.188 -0.307 -0.023
8 *96 Daniel Suarez Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota 44.521 202.152 -0.315 -0.008
9 36 David Ragan Select Blinds Ford 44.533 202.097 -0.327 -0.012
10 21 Matt DiBenedetto Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 44.576 201.902 -0.370 -0.043
11 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 44.739 201.167 -0.533 -0.163
12 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 44.806 200.866 -0.600 -0.067
13 41 Cole Custer # Haas Automation Ford 44.878 200.544 -0.672 -0.072
14 14 Clint Bowyer Rush/Mobil 1 Ford 45.030 199.867 -0.824 -0.152
15 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 45.158 199.300 -0.952 -0.128
16 38 John Hunter Citgard Ford 45.160 199.291 -0.954 -0.002
17 6 Ryan Newman Koch Industries Ford 45.277 198.776 -1.071 -0.117
18 43 Bubba Wallace United States Air Force Chevrolet 45.290 198.719 -1.084 -0.013
19 15 Brennan Poole # SpartanGo Chevrolet 45.364 198.395 -1.158 -0.074
20 32 Corey LaJoie RagingBull.com Ford 45.380 198.325 -1.174 -0.016
21 2 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Ford 45.628 197.247 -1.422 -0.248
22 *54 JJ Yeley Ford 45.786 196.567 -1.580 -0.158
23 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 45.868 196.215 -1.662 -0.082
24 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet 46.056 195.414 -1.850 -0.188
25 88 Alex Bowman Valvoline Chevrolet 46.155 194.995 -1.949 -0.099
26 00 Quin Houff # Jacob Construction Chevrolet 46.190 194.847 -1.984 -0.035
27 8 Tyler Reddick # Caterpillar Chevrolet 46.428 193.849 -2.222 -0.238
28 37 Ryan Preece Cottonelle Chevrolet 46.449 193.761 -2.243 -0.021
29 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light #PIT4BUSCH Ford 46.585 193.195 -2.379 -0.136
30 24 William Byron Axalta 'Color of the Year' Chevrolet 46.649 192.930 -2.443 -0.064
31 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 46.657 192.897 -2.451 -0.008
32 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 46.674 192.827 -2.468 -0.017
33 *62 Brendan Gaughan(i) Beard Motorsports/South Point Chevrolet 46.814 192.250 -2.608 -0.140
34 1 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Chevrolet 46.829 192.189 -2.623 -0.015
35 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Peak Ford 46.958 191.661 -2.752 -0.129
36 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/Tracker OffRoad Chev 47.190 190.718 -2.984 -0.232
37 77 Ross Chastain(i) AdventHealth Chevrolet 47.215 190.617 -3.009 -0.025
38 52 BJ McLeod(i) Ford 47.324 190.178 -3.118 -0.109
39 *27 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 47.340 190.114 -3.134 -0.016
40 *16 Justin Haley(i) Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet 47.347 190.086 -3.141 -0.007
41 51 Joey Gase(i) EFX Corp. Chevrolet 47.475 189.573 -3.269 -0.128
42 *66 Timmy Hill(i) RoofClaim.com/VSI Racing Ford 48.562 185.330 -4.356 -1.087
43 *49 Chad Finchum Garrison Homes Toyota 48.965 183.805 -4.759 -0.403

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