NASCAR season opens quietly at Daytona with first practice sessions

Cars took to the track for the first time Friday at Daytona (Getty Images)

Cars took to the track for the first time Friday at Daytona (Getty Images)

Friday the 13th was not an unlucky day at Daytona International Speedway. Twenty-five  cars that will make up the non-points paying NASCAR Sprint Unlimited Saturday night endured two practice sessions Friday without a single on-track incident. The 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, Kurt Busch, led the first session (200.749 mph); four-time series champion Jeff Gordon, starting his final season, led the second session (196.764).

In the final session only 14 of the 25 cars took advantage of the open track.  The only incident occurred on pit road as Denny Hamlin ran out of gas. Beyond that there was little drama as most only took a few laps before heading to the garage. Away from the track, driver Tony Stewart and NASCAR had some issues earlier in the day. NASCAR requires all drivers to weigh in and Stewart was visibly upset after NASCAR officials ordered him to the scales, which he refused to do.  He and his crew chief Chad Johnston were summoned to the NASCAR hauler and after about 10 minutes, Stewart emerged and went to the scales. MORE>>>

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