Byron leads opening day Daytona 500 practice

Byron leads opening day Daytona 500 practice

Byron leads opening day Daytona 500 practice

Patrick was weepy when she announced her retirement from racing at the end of last season, but didn't feel as sentimental on Saturday ahead of practice at Daytona International Speedway. She published a wellness book and revealed she's now dating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who will be at the Daytona 500.

Bowman was a driver struggling to piece together a schedule when Earnhardt was injured in 2016.

Patrick has made six Daytona 500 starts, finishing a career-best eighth in 2013. Jeff Gordon won the pole in 2015, Chase Elliott won it the past two seasons and now Bowman has the honor. I imagine myself to be just like an average fan.

SCR's recent Charter acquisition guarantees the team a position in the Great American Race, where it will showcase its partnership with VRX Simulators in the 00 Chevy Camaro.

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson was third fastest, rookie William Byron was fifth and Elliott was 10th in Hendrick engines. It was the fastest lap of two sessions.

"We knew we were going for the pole, that's what we're here to do", Bowman said.

Patrick, who drove full time in NASCAR's Cup series for five seasons, will compete in her final career NASCAR race behind the wheel of the GoDaddy Premium Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet at the Daytona 500 next Sunday.

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"A couple of days ago I was thinking to myself that we should have run the backup auto in the Clash", said Patrick, who had made four consecutive starts in The Clash with a best finish of fourth past year.

"I realistically set my expectations and would have been happy with 18th", Hamlin said. "I don't know, new rules package and all, we're just trying to figure that out".

Three more Fords recorded top speeds in the practice, with Joey Logano clocking in at 199.543 mph in the No.22 Team Penske Ford, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. logging a lap in 199.508 mph in the No.17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, and Brad Keselowski recording a speed of 199.490 mph in the No.2 Team Penske Ford.

Penske Racing Ford's were impressive in the draft.

A Daytona 500 victor has opened a NASCAR race shop in Salisbury on South Main Street, and the team driver is the grandson of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr. It was expected that Patrick would settle on a team with enough lead time before Daytona, but when that didn't occur due a lack of funding she stepped in to push things along.

"Everything is the same as it was before as far as showing up to Daytona without having driven since Homestead, so that is no different", she said.

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