Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the final ‘happy hour’ practice at Daytona International Speedway Saturday as teams got their final laps in prior to Sunday’s Daytona 500.
The ninety minute session was calm as drivers made careful laps in order to avoid disaster. In fact most teams ran no more than 10 laps with only 5 teams running more then 20 laps. Earnhardt’s speed of 198.592 came in a drafting pack early in the session. Nine teams elected to sit out the session including Jeff Gordon who will start from the front row on Sunday.
“I think the more accidents you see earlier in the week, the less people want to practice the day before the Daytona 500,” Gordon said. “I feel like we, for us, all I can speak for is us, we’ve had a good week. I think we learned a lot in the 150 (Duel Qualifying Race), and we just need to fine tune. We were able to do that yesterday, so we don’t really reason. If there was something that popped up that we wanted to try and do, then we’d be out there today.” MORE>>>