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NSCS: Martin Truex Jr. Experiences Mechanical Issues as Michael McDowell Leads Second Daytona 500 Practice

The second practice session at Daytona International Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 would go as Martin Truex Jr. hoped as a crack in the oil pan resulted in the No. 78 Furniture Row team only making three laps.

Truex finished 24th in points last year with only five top-10 finishes on the season.

Meanwhile, the restrictor plate tracks are known as the great equalizer, giving an equal opportunity for big and small teams. That was recognized with Levine Racing’s Michael McDowell topping the speed charts with a lap of 199.322 mph. McDowell and Levine Racing will try to run as many races as possible this year on their limited budget.

Six-time Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson was second quickest, followed by Ty Dillon. Dillon is looking to make his Daytona 500 debut this season while running the full XFINITY schedule for Richard Childress Racing. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top six.

Paul Menard was seventh quickest, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Landon Cassill and Brad Keselowski.

A total of 42 drivers made at least one lap during the session.

 

LEADERBOARD
POS DRIVER LAPS FAST SPEED FAST TIME BEHIND
1 #95 Michael McDowell 13 199.322 45.153 Leader
2 #48 Jimmie Johnson 27 199.313 45.155 0.002
3 #33 Ty Dillon 11 199.300 45.158 0.005
4 #5 Kasey Kahne 5 199.080 45.208 0.055
5 #24 Jeff Gordon 5 199.058 45.213 0.060
6 #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 23 199.053 45.214 0.061
7 #27 Paul Menard 4 198.952 45.237 0.084
8 #78 Martin Truex Jr. 3 198.597 45.318 0.165
9 #40 Landon Cassill 4 198.351 45.374 0.221
10 #2 Brad Keselowski 13 198.264 45.394 0.241
11 #7 Alex Bowman 11 198.247 45.398 0.245
12 #22 Joey Logano 22 198.203 45.408 0.255
13 #47 AJ Allmendinger 4 198.199 45.409 0.256
14 #21 Ryan Blaney 13 198.186 45.412 0.259
15 #31 Ryan Newman 4 198.120 45.427 0.274
16 #11 Denny Hamlin 15 197.689 45.526 0.373
17 #13 Casey Mears 13 197.576 45.552 0.399
18 #62 Brian Scott 9 197.550 45.558 0.405
19 #3 Austin Dillon 5 197.533 45.562 0.409
20 #23 J.J. Yeley 9 195.916 45.938 0.785
21 #9 Sam Hornish Jr. 4 195.682 45.993 0.840
22 #26 Jeb Burton 16 195.461 46.045 0.892
23 #129 Justin Marks 15 195.092 46.132 0.979
24 #66 Mike Wallace 9 195.067 46.138 0.985
25 #14 Tony Stewart 36 194.771 46.208 1.055
26 #34 David Ragan 11 194.708 46.223 1.070
27 #35 Cole Whitt 11 194.704 46.224 1.071
28 #38 David Gilliland 11 194.654 46.236 1.083
29 #32 Bobby Labonte 23 194.527 46.266 1.113
30 #16 Greg Biffle 21 194.275 46.326 1.173
31 #44 Reed Sorenson 9 193.903 46.415 1.262
32 #10 Danica Patrick 4 193.865 46.424 1.271
33 #18 Kyle Busch 20 193.561 46.497 1.344
34 #19 Carl Edwards 4 193.208 46.582 1.429
35 #42 Kyle Larson 20 192.976 46.638 1.485
36 #98 Josh Wise 6 192.827 46.674 1.521
37 #6 Trevor Bayne 7 192.674 46.711 1.558
38 #51 Justin Allgaier 14 192.649 46.717 1.564
39 #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 23 192.542 46.743 1.590
40 #83 Johnny Sauter 15 192.320 46.797 1.644
41 #30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 12 192.299 46.802 1.649
42 #46 Michael Annett 5 192.025 46.869 1.716

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