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Michael McDowell Paces Daytona 500 Final Practice

Daytona International Speedway was a quiet(ish) place for final practice on Saturday afternoon.

Only 20 of the 40 cars in the Daytona 500 field took to the 2.5-mile high banks in the 45-minute session. Pacing them was Front Row Motorsports’ Michael McDowell (191.440 mph), who ran nine laps in his No. 34 Ford Mustang.

Ty Dillon (191.432), polesitter William Byron (191.338), Alex Bowman (191.277) and Daniel Hemric (190.920) rounded out the top five, with Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Daniel Suarez, Jamie McMurray and Brad Keselowski completing the top 10.

Kurt Busch ran the most laps in the session (16), while Suarez ran the fewest (two).

The 61st running of The Great American Race is set to go green Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX. Austin Dillon is the defending winner of the event.

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Davey serves an editor for the site and heads Frontstretch in 60, Fire on Friday's and The Frontstretch Awards. He recently graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in sports journalism and is originally from Rockville, Md. He has an extreme passion for sports and has been following the sport of NASCAR since 2002, when he attended his first race at Dover. He also is a reporter for NASCAR Home Tracks covering the K&N Pro Series.

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