NSCS: Logano Tops Practice as Team Penske Calls Audible to Put Blaney Up Front

Photo Credit: Noel Lanier

Practice was wrapping up for the day when Team Penske and Ryan Blaney with the Wood Brothers decided to go out for some drafting to pick up the three fastest laps of the day.

Less than five minutes were left on the clock when Joey Logano put up the fastest lap of the day with his teammate and 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski in second, followed by Ryan Blaney in third.

As stated by the Wood Brothers on twitter, this was a strategy call in case of time trials and the Can-Am Duels being rained out. Having one of the quickest speeds would help put car No. 21 in the field for the Daytona 500.

Brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-five, and they were looking at having the two fastest laps of the day until the Penske boys made a strategy call.

Much like the first session of the day, Blaney and Matt DiBenedetto were the two fastest non-charter cars, but Michael McDowell in No. 59 for Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing was not far behind DiBenedetto, so qualifying could be tight for the two guaranteed spots tomorrow.

Full practice results can be seen below.

2016 NSCS Daytona 500 Second Practice Session Speeds

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
1 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 45.934 195.933 29 29 —.— —.—
2 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 45.954 195.848 22 22 -0.02 -0.02
3 *21 Ryan Blaney # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 45.966 195.797 11 11 -0.032 -0.012
4 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy 46.183 194.877 2 4 -0.249 -0.217
5 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s 75 Toyota 46.226 194.696 17 20 -0.292 -0.043
6 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 46.311 194.338 14 15 -0.377 -0.085
7 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 46.381 194.045 3 3 -0.447 -0.07
8 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 46.393 193.995 1 1 -0.459 -0.012
9 19 Carl Edwards ARRIS Toyota 46.395 193.986 5 5 -0.461 -0.002
10 16 Greg Biffle KFC Nashville Hot Ford 46.414 193.907 7 7 -0.48 -0.019
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 46.434 193.823 1 1 -0.5 -0.02
12 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 46.451 193.753 1 1 -0.517 -0.017
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 46.507 193.519 3 3 -0.573 -0.056
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 46.518 193.473 11 11 -0.584 -0.011
15 3 Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet 46.592 193.166 1 1 -0.658 -0.074
16 31 Ryan Newman CAT Chevrolet 46.612 193.083 3 3 -0.678 -0.02
17 44 Brian Scott # Albertsons Co./Shore Lodge Ford 46.638 192.976 11 11 -0.704 -0.026
18 95 Ty Dillon(i) Cheerios Chevrolet 46.652 192.918 3 3 -0.718 -0.014
19 14 Brian Vickers Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 46.68 192.802 1 1 -0.746 -0.028
20 27 Paul Menard Peak Antifreeze/Menards Chevrolet 46.683 192.79 1 1 -0.749 -0.003
21 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 46.686 192.777 11 11 -0.752 -0.003
22 10 Danica Patrick Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet 46.761 192.468 4 4 -0.827 -0.075
23 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 46.779 192.394 1 1 -0.845 -0.018
24 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 46.799 192.312 1 1 -0.865 -0.02
25 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 46.815 192.246 3 9 -0.881 -0.016
26 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s/Cessna Chevrolet 46.852 192.094 1 1 -0.918 -0.037
27 *93 Matt DiBenedetto Dustless Blasting Toyota 46.854 192.086 11 11 -0.92 -0.002
28 83 Michael Waltrip Maxwell House Toyota 46.949 191.697 1 1 -1.015 -0.095
29 7 Regan Smith Nikko RC/Golden Corral Chevrolet 46.976 191.587 1 1 -1.042 -0.027
30 46 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 46.995 191.51 9 9 -1.061 -0.019
31 *59 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial Chevrolet 47.029 191.371 1 1 -1.095 -0.034
32 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Scott Products Chevrolet 47.067 191.217 1 1 -1.133 -0.038
33 34 Chris Buescher Love’s Travel Stops Ford 47.129 190.965 3 7 -1.195 -0.062
34 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Chevrolet 47.217 190.609 8 14 -1.283 -0.088
35 38 Landon Cassill Florida Lottery Ford 47.315 190.215 7 11 -1.381 -0.098
36 32 Bobby Labonte C&J Energy Services Ford 47.466 189.609 4 4 -1.532 -0.151
37 *98 Cole Whitt Toyota 47.605 189.056 7 7 -1.671 -0.139
38 *35 David Gilliland Ford 47.705 188.659 3 5 -1.771 -0.1
39 *26 Robert Richardson Jr. Stalk It Toyota 47.706 188.656 9 9 -1.772 -0.001
40 23 David Ragan Dr Pepper Toyota 47.718 188.608 7 7 -1.784 -0.012
41 *40 Reed Sorenson CRC Brakleen Chevrolet 48.123 187.021 3 5 -2.189 -0.405
42 *30 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 48.328 186.227 3 7 -2.394 -0.205

(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series
# Denotes Rookie
* Required to Qualify on Time

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