A crash less than eight minutes into the second practice at Daytona International Speedway Wednesday will force several drivers to backup cars for Sunday’s Daytona 500. The crash happened as teams and drivers prepare for the Can-Am Duel Qualifying races Thursday night that will set the field for Sunday’s race.
An incident free first practice saw Michael McDowell top the charts with a speed of 200.173 during the 45-minute session. The Roush-Fenway racing team who have struggled the past two seasons made a good showing in the first round. Trevor Bayne, who won the Daytona 500 in 2011, was second, Greg Biffle (199.619 mph) was third with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (199.252 mph) and Germain Racing’s Casey Mears (199.164 mph) who rounded out the top five.
“This is a nice change,” Bayne said.