Daytona Beach, Fla – All the preliminary action in preparation for the 59th annual Daytona 500 (1 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN) is now in the book as final Daytona 500 practice took place on Saturday afternoon at the Daytona International Speedway. In that session, Fords dominated the speed charts as they took the top six overall speed and seven of the top eight.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the charge with a top lap of 198.452 mph in his No. 17 Ford. Stenhouse, has never won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, but he’s certainly a sleeper to win tomorrow afternoon at the 2.5-mile high banked oval.
But, he was just part of a Ford group running together in drafting practice on Saturday, as Team Penske took home the next two spots on the speed chart. Clash winner Joey Logano turned the second fastest lap of 196.751 mph in his No. 22 Ford while his teammate Brad Keselowski was third overall with a speed of 196.747 mph in his No. 2 Ford.
Three Stewart-Haas Racing drivers would round out the top six with Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Clint Bowyer being fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in the final session.
Elliott Sadler was the top non Ford driver in seventh in his No. 7 Chevrolet while another Ford in Ryan Blaney was eighth in his Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford.
The practice was run clean as all 28 cars that took to the track came back to the garage when the session ended unscathed.