Kenseth Paces Practice, Johnson and Logano Among Drivers Going To Backup Cars

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on

Matt Kenseth, the 2009 Daytona 500 champion, was the fastest at the end of Wednesday’s practice session at Daytona. He finished the session with a hotlap of 194.254 mph, however that was not the story of the day.

There were some anxious moments during practice, the last one drivers will have before Thursday’s Gatorade Duels.

The biggest crash of the session came when Mike Bliss lost control of his car, came across the track, and collected Joey Logano. The carnage didn’t end there. Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin would also see some damage. Johnson, the four-time Sprint Cup Series champion, will actually be going to a backup car, as will Joey Logano and Mike Bliss after this one.

Earlier in the day in the first practice session, Clint Bowyer, David Reutimann, and Derrike Cope suffered enough damage to force them to backup cars as well.

All-in-all there were six drivers who went to backup cars, but the good news is that none of these drivers will have to go to the back of the field for the Daytona 500. Their penalty for going to backup cars is starting in the rear for the Gatorade Duels, so they still have a chance to fight their ways to the top, but this isn’t the start to the Daytona 500 that these teams were looking for.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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