Jimmie Johnson won opening Friday practice at Daytona International Speedway with a lap time of 46.372 seconds. The two-time Daytona 500 champion led a field of only 13 who posted a lap in the afternoon session.
Brian Scott made his opening laps in a backup No. 44 machine following a last-lap crash in Thursday’s Can-Am Duel No. 1. The upcoming rookie finished 12th, behind Robert Richardson, Jr. who will race in Sunday’s Daytona 500 for BK Racing.
Chris Buescher, Michael Annett, Casey Mears, Clint Bowyer and Bobby Labonte also took to the track in the session. Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex, Jr., both of whom are in backup cars after Thursday’s Duel race chose to keep their new machines parked in the garage.
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Growing up in Easton, Pa., Zach Catanzareti has grown his auto racing interest from fandom to professional. Joining Frontstretch in 2015, Zach enjoys nothing more than being at the track, having covered his first half-season of 18 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017. With experience behind the wheel, behind the camera and in the media center, he thrives on being an all-around reporter.
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