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Gibbs drivers make speed statement in Daytona test

January 10, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Gibbs drivers make speed statement in Daytona test
Kenseth, Hamlin top charts in Preseason Thunder practice

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Joe Gibbs Racing drivers showed early strength in the opening day of NASCAR Preseason Thunder testing Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, sweeping the top three spots as speeds picked up in the afternoon session.

Denny Hamlin was fastest among the 34 drivers to turn a lap in the second session of the day, clocking a 195.712 mph lap in his No. 11 JGR Toyota. Hamlin is scheduled to miss the next two days of testing at Daytona, instead opting to return to Charlotte to be with his girlfriend, Jordan Fish, who is expecting the couple's first child.

Hamlin's new teammate Matt Kenseth, who logged the fastest lap in the day's first session, was second fastest at 195.385, followed by fellow Gibbs driver Kyle Busch (195.329) in third.

The day concluded the first on-track activity in the new year for the sixth generation of Sprint Cup Series cars, which will make their competition debut next month on the 2.5-mile track.

Danica Patrick, who begins her first full-time season at NASCAR's highest level in 2013, was seventh-fastest at 192.934. Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski ranked 31st-fastest out of 34 cars in both sessions. His Penske Racing Ford was more than 5 mph off Hamlin's pace in the second session.



The second day of the three-day test is scheduled Friday with a three-hour morning stint and a four-hour afternoon session.

NASCAR Preseason Thunder -- Practice 2 results
Thursday, Jan. 10
Pos
Car
Driver Team
Time
Speed
Lap #
# Laps
-Fastest
-Next
1
11
Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
45.986
195.712
28
38
---.---
---.---
2
20
Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
46.063
195.385
24
35
-0.077
-0.077
3
18
Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
46.076
195.329
21
30
-0.090
-0.013
4
55
Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
46.139
195.063
32
33
-0.153
-0.063
5
31
Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
46.244
194.620
22
22
-0.258
-0.105
6
27
Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
46.550
193.340
32
32
-0.564
-0.306
7
10
Danica Patrick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet
46.648
192.934
26
26
-0.662
-0.098
8
9
Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46.746
192.530
21
24
-0.760
-0.098
9
15
Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
46.750
192.513
23
23
-0.764
-0.004
10
43
Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46.756
192.489
25
25
-0.770
-0.006
11
24
Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
46.777
192.402
17
17
-0.791
-0.021
12
42
Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
46.832
192.176
20
23
-0.846
-0.055
13
21
Trevor Bayne Wood Bros Racing Ford
46.843
192.131
24
24
-0.857
-0.011
14
29
Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
46.870
192.020
22
22
-0.884
-0.027
15
1
Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
46.876
191.996
24
30
-0.890
-0.006
16
16
Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
46.886
191.955
23
24
-0.900
-0.010
17
33
Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
46.896
191.914
22
24
-0.910
-0.010
18
51
Regan Smith Phoenix Racing Chevrolet
46.925
191.795
23
26
-0.939
-0.029
19
56
Martin Truex Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
46.958
191.661
26
35
-0.972
-0.033
20
5
Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
46.958
191.661
17
23
-0.972
-0.000
21
39
Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet
46.968
191.620
14
14
-0.982
-0.010
22
48
Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
47.000
191.489
17
32
-1.014
-0.032
23
14
Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet
47.015
191.428
17
23
-1.029
-0.015
24
88
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
47.021
191.404
30
31
-1.035
-0.006
25
78
Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
47.120
191.002
19
31
-1.134
-0.099
26
22
Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford
47.171
190.795
3
23
-1.185
-0.051
27
38
Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford
47.221
190.593
8
23
-1.235
-0.050
28
99
Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford
47.233
190.545
21
21
-1.247
-0.012
29
17
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
47.241
190.512
15
27
-1.255
-0.008
30
13
Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford
47.280
190.355
14
35
-1.294
-0.039
31
2
Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford
47.329
190.158
27
27
-1.343
-0.049
32
36
Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
47.396
189.889
33
33
-1.410
-0.067
33
95
Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford
47.609
189.040
18
22
-1.623
-0.213
34
47
Bobby Labonte JTG Racing Toyota
47.713
188.628
16
16
-1.727
-0.104

 

NASCAR Preseason Thunder -- Practice 1 results
Thursday, Jan. 10
Pos
Car
Driver Team
Time
Speed
Lap #
# Laps
-Fastest
-Next
1
20
Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
46.691
192.757
12
15
---.---
---.---
2
9
Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46.696
192.736
14
14
-0.005
-0.005
3
10
Danica Patrick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet
46.733
192.583
9
9
-0.042
-0.037
4
31
Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
46.747
192.526
14
19
-0.056
-0.014
5
27
Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
46.763
192.460
23
23
-0.072
-0.016
6
18
Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
46.790
192.349
15
15
-0.099
-0.027
7
15
Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
46.840
192.143
13
20
-0.149
-0.050
8
24
Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
46.931
191.771
11
17
-0.240
-0.091
9
42
Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
46.944
191.718
16
16
-0.253
-0.013
10
33
Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
46.961
191.648
7
20
-0.270
-0.017
11
29
Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
46.973
191.599
15
18
-0.282
-0.012
12
51
Regan Smith Phoenix Racing Chevrolet
47.007
191.461
15
15
-0.316
-0.034
13
16
Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
47.026
191.383
20
23
-0.335
-0.019
14
39
Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet
47.046
191.302
5
5
-0.355
-0.020
15
21
Trevor Bayne Wood Bros Racing Ford
47.049
191.290
18
18
-0.358
-0.003
16
56
Martin Truex Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
47.055
191.266
12
20
-0.364
-0.006
17
1
Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
47.058
191.253
19
19
-0.367
-0.003
18
48
Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
47.074
191.188
12
13
-0.383
-0.016
19
5
Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
47.099
191.087
11
20
-0.408
-0.025
20
14
Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet
47.112
191.034
12
12
-0.421
-0.013
21
88
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
47.139
190.925
15
19
-0.448
-0.027
22
55
Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
47.221
190.593
19
19
-0.530
-0.082
23
22
Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford
47.229
190.561
23
23
-0.538
-0.008
24
99
Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford
47.231
190.553
13
16
-0.540
-0.002
25
78
Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
47.244
190.500
16
16
-0.553
-0.013
26
11
Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
47.256
190.452
9
10
-0.565
-0.012
27
43
Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47.333
190.142
22
23
-0.642
-0.077
28
13
Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford
47.362
190.026
30
31
-0.671
-0.029
29
38
Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford
47.366
190.010
5
11
-0.675
-0.004
30
17
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
47.405
189.853
19
19
-0.714
-0.039
31
2
Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford
47.451
189.669
18
23
-0.760
-0.046
32
36
Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
47.514
189.418
18
18
-0.823
-0.063
33
47
Bobby Labonte JTG Racing Toyota
48.078
187.196
14
14
-1.387
-0.564
34
95
Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford
48.131
186.990
7
7
-1.440
-0.053