Bubba Wallace is fastest in final Daytona 500 practice

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 10: Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #43 Click n' Close Chevrolet, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Fresh from a third-place finish in Thursday night’s Can-Am Duel, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. topped the speed chart in Saturday’s final practice for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Wallace’s best lap in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet was 45.696 seconds, translating to 196.954 mph.

“We all know that means absolutely nothing, but it feels good,” Wallace said. “I didn’t know we were top of the board there. We were stuck in the back of the pack (in the draft) for a little bit there. Started making moves late, and the pack split up and we started doing pit road runs and the next thing you know we are on top of the board.

“I’m like – cool. I even missed pit road opening looking at the pylon. That gives us a lot of confidence, especially going into this week. A lot of stories, a lot of headlines being talked about.  To win something is good.”

Even if it’s just practice.

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