Sunday, October 1, 2023

Michael McDowell, Todd Gilliland Pace Friday’s Ford-Dominated Daytona 500 Practice

Michael McDowell and Todd Gilliland paced Friday’s Daytona 500 practice, leading a group of six Ford Mustangs at the top of the speed charts. PC: Front Row Motorsports | Twitter

Michael McDowell, last year’s Daytona 500 winner, looks to have a fast Love’s Travel Stops Ford Mustang for Sunday’s 64th Daytona 500, putting down the fastest time in Friday’s only practice session for the NASCAR Cup Series.

McDowell led rookie teammate Todd Gilliland in the session, as the top-two on the speed charts belonged to the Front Row Motorsports camp.

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David Ragan, Chris Buescher, and Brad Keselowski completed the top-five, as the series’ practice was once again dominated by the Fords. Cody Ware, Bubba Wallace, Chase Briscoe, Aric Almirola, and Noah Gragson rounded out the top-10.

The agenda in the 50-minute practice session was varied, with some teams electing to run in packs, while others chose to stick to single-car runs.

BJ McLeod, Jacques Villeneuve, Greg Biffle, Daniel Hemric, Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton all elected not to compete in the session.

Daytona 500 Practice 3 Results:

PsCarDriverB. TimeDiffLaps
134Michael McDowell46.71012
238Todd Gilliland46.787-0.07716
315David Ragan46.808-0.09814
417Chris Buescher46.957-0.24711
56Brad Keselowski46.958-0.24810
651Cody Ware46.985-0.2759
723Bubba Wallace47.204-0.49410
814Chase Briscoe47.243-0.53325
910Aric Almirola47.252-0.54233
1062Noah Gragson47.261-0.55112
114Kevin Harvick47.272-0.56223
1241Cole Custer47.293-0.58324
1342Ty Dillon47.307-0.59713
1443Erik Jones47.313-0.60314
1547Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47.313-0.60314
1677Landon Cassill47.314-0.60413
177Corey LaJoie47.325-0.61512
1899Daniel Suarez47.340-0.63023
193Austin Dillon47.346-0.63621
201Ross Chastain47.362-0.65223
218Tyler Reddick47.363-0.65316
225Kyle Larson47.552-0.84227
239Chase Elliott47.560-0.85026
2448Alex Bowman47.571-0.86126
2518Kyle Busch47.620-0.91027
2624William Byron Jr.47.629-0.91926
2719Martin Truex Jr.47.663-0.95314
2911Denny Hamlin47.668-0.95816
2820Christopher Bell47.668-0.95827
302Austin Cindric 47.724-1.0148
3150Kaz Grala48.692-1.9827
3212Ryan Blaney49.411-2.7015
3322Joey Logano49.520-2.81011
3445Kurt Busch49.792-3.0829
3616Daniel HemricNO TIMENO TIME0
3721Harrison BurtonNO TIMENO TIME0
3827Jacques VilleneuveNO TIMENO TIME0
3931Justin HaleyNO TIMENO TIME0
4044Greg BiffleNO TIMENO TIME0
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