NASCAR practice times from Daytona International Speedway
Next up, it’s NASCAR final practice for the MENCS division. It’s the last session ahead of qualifying and the race tomorrow at Daytona International Speedway.
View full 2019 Daytona final practice results below.
Kyle Busch was quickest overall in the opening round of practice. However, he was fighting different handling issues. He was tight in the draft but when he pulled out of line, air jumped on the nose and he got loose in a hurry.
Rain and lightning rolled into the area earlier, cutting the opening round of practice short by 11 minutes. The area is now clear and we’re going green.
Daytona Final Practice
Duration: 50 minutes
The first seven minutes have been eaten by a short weather delay. With 43 minutes remaining, Joey Logano is once again the first car on the track. He’s running out there by himself.
20 minutes in, a line of 24 cars run single file on the track. Martin Truex Jr jumps to the top of the board with an average speed of 205.936. That’s significantly quicker than first practice.
Halfway in final Daytona Practice: 1. Martin Truex Jr (43.703); 2. Denny Hamlin (43.745); 3. Erik Jones (43.748); 4. Matt DiBenedetto (43.821); 5. Matt Tifft (43.840); 6. Parker Kligerman (43.859); 7. Clint Bowyer (44.042); 8. Bubba Wallace (44.121); 9. Daniel Hemric (44.317); 10. Ty Dillon (44.362);
23 minutes remain, they’re three wide in practice. They’re flirting with backup car territory as drivers see what they got in the final minutes of practice for the weekend. Logano aggressively side drafts Johnson in the middle of the corner at the front of this pack.
Brad Keselowski and William Byron crash in practice
17 minutes remain, William Byron is sideways off turn four! Byron was trying to block a run from Brad Keselowski. Keselowski tags him in the left rear and Byron goes around in a hurry. Byron bounced off the apron. He saved the car with moderate right rear damage.
Last year in this very race, Byron threw a block on Keselowski for the race lead. Keselowski stated after that incident, “I need to wreck more people.”
William Byron: “Obviously, I was in the lead last year. I guess he kinda felt like I threw a block,” Byron told NBC Sports after the practice crash.
“I thought I was clear there. Obviously, I was he just decided to run into the left rear,” Byron says of the latest incident.
“It’s practice, I get it. But I don’t think that was really necessary to turn us there. It’s alright, we’ll get it fixed.”
“I didn’t really expect that. It wasn’t like I changed four lanes. I was just kinda holding my lane and he used his run to drive into my left rear. That’s alright. At least I saved it.”
Brad Keselowski: “I just had a big run. He put me in a position where I had to lift and I keep telling these guys, I’m not lifting,” Brad Keselowski confirms.
“I hate it for his team and they got to work on their car. But, just trying to send a message, ‘I’m not lifting.’ “
“I’m tired of getting wrecked at the plate tracks. I’ve been wrecked out of four of them. Quite honestly, it’s because I let people pull moves like that on me. So, they’re all watching. They know.”
Watch the Brad Keselowski and William Byron crash video from Daytona below.
Meanwhile, Martin Truex Jr wins practice!
View full 2019 Daytona International Speedway final practice results below.
Final Practice Results
July 4, 2019
1. Martin Truex Jr
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Erik Jones
4. Matt DiBenedetto
5. Matt Tifft
6. Parker Kligerman
7. Clint Bowyer
8. Bubba Wallace
9. Daniel Hemric
10. Ty Dillon
11. Ryan Preece
12. Chris Buescher
13. Jimmie Johnson
14. Austin Dillon
15. Kyle Larson
16. Chase Elliott
17. William Byron
18. Kurt Busch
19. Corey LaJoie
20. Joey Logano
21. David Ragan
22. Alex Bowman
23. Brendan Gaughan
24. JJ Yeley
25. Ryan Blaney
26. Daniel Suarez
27. Paul Menard
28. Aric Almirola
29. Kevin Harvick
30. Michael McDowell
31. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
32. Brad Keselowski
33. Landon Cassill
34. BJ McLeod
35. Kyle Busch
36. Ryan Newman
37. Quin Houff
38. Justin Haley
39. Joey Gase