DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Joey Logano set the quick time in the 80 minute Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona practice on Saturday morning. Logano, circled the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 196.786 mph. It was a good start to the season for the defending series champion.
Logano, won this race in 2017 and finished second to his Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski last year.
Jimmie Johnson was second in his No. 48 Chevrolet. The seven-time series champion turned a lap of 196.674.
Last year’s Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon was third (196.622 mph) while Chase Elliott (196.580 mph) and Kevin Harvick (196.511 mph) rounded out the top five.
It was also the first time that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars have been on track this season and the only session of the weekend for the 20 cars that are competing in Sunday’s 75 Lap All-Star race at the Daytona International Speedway.
We saw a crash in the session too. With 46 minutes remaining in practice, Elliott and Ryan Newman made contact on the superstretch causing Elliott’s car to spin towards the middle of the track. Newman, spun towards the infield in which Denny Hamlin and Harvick made contact behind in a chain reaction incident.
Take another look at the practice crash that has us under the red flag from @DISupdates. Coverage continues on @FS1. pic.twitter.com/xUtdHpr2kY — NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 9, 2019
Harvick, got into the back of Hamlin which sent Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota into the outside wall. He had the heaviest damage of all but didn’t have a backup ready. Harvick’s front end was also damaged but not as heavily as Hamlin’s.
Newman, also had minor damage to his No. 6 Ford. Both Newman and Harvick were able to drive back to the garage and likely won’t need backup cars as a result. Elliott, wasn’t so fortunate and will go to a backup for his No. 9 Chevrolet.
For Hamlin too, he just saw his three other Joe Gibbs Racing teammates pit to get off the track. All four Toyota’s were wanting to work only with one another. Hamlin, opted to go off the plan and stay out to remain in the draft. Unfortunately, it cost him.
Also, towards the end of practice, Daniel Suarez spun his No. 41 Ford coming onto pit road. When he downshifted to third gear, he didn’t have the revs up high enough which caused the car to wheel hop.
Daniel Suárez takes a little spin. pic.twitter.com/2KX3xbIYpK — FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 9, 2019