Darrell Wallace Jr. was the fastest in final practice at Daytona International Speedway ahead of tomorrow’s Daytona 500.
The new driver of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevy put down a lap of 196.954mph. Wallace will make his first Daytona 500 start on Sunday afternoon, starting from the seventh position.
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Completing the top five in practice were Daniel Suarez (who swept the Friday sessions) at 196.528mph, Ryan Newman at. 196.464mph, and Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron at 196.382mph and Jimmie Johnson at 196.305mph. Byron will also be making his first Daytona 500 and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start on Sunday.
There were no incidents in the 50-minute session.
The sixth through 10th fastest cars in practice were AJ Allmendinger (196.284mph), Trevor Bayne (196.181mph), Chase Elliott (196.177mph), Danica Patrick – who is making her final NASCAR start this weekend – at 196.125mph, and Justin Marks (195.946 mph).
Defending race winner Kurt Busch was 13th fastest at 192.271mph. Polesitter Alex Bowman was 19th fastest at 191.160mph.
Only 25 of the 40 cars in the race participated in final practice.
NEXT UP: The 60th annual Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday.