02/16 14:59 CST Toyota stars Truex, Busch benched for Daytona 500 practice
Toyota stars Truex, Busch benched for Daytona 500 practice
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) --- The biggest Toyota stars skipped the final
practice for the Daytona 500, with former NASCAR champs Martin Truex Jr. and
Kyle Busch among the drivers sitting out.
There was little need to risk the cars and ruin a starting position for
Sunday's race. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson had triggered a pair of
crashes during exhibition races in Speedweeks that destroyed and damaged
several cars, giving most teams little incentive to show what they had in the
final tuneup before NASCAR's "Great American Race."
Michael McDowell posted the final lap at 191.440 mph in the No. 34 Ford on
Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Former Daytona 500 winner Jamie
McMurray had a top speed of 190.118 as he prepped for what is expected to be
the final race of his NASCAR career.
Hendrick Motorsports sent out three of its four drivers, including the Daytona
500 front row of pole-sitter William Byron and Alex Bowman. Byron hit 191.339
and Bowman topped out at 191.278.
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