Burton stays fast; Paludo, Truex also lead the pack
Chevrolet had a strong showing in the final practice before the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, bringing in six of the top 10 fastest laps. The field was led by lone Dodge driver Clay Greenfield, who took the fastest lap on his 8th lap. Greenfield finished fifth earlier in the day.
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Rookie Jeb Burton started strong coming off a fastest finish in the earlier practice, leading the pack and recording the second-fastest lap on lap three. He ran a total of 13 laps, holding onto the fastest lap time for much of the practice. He finished .167 seconds behind Greenfield's 48.264 seconds.
Turner teammate James Buescher had a strong save in the lower draft after taking an unexpected bump from Burton, sending him onto the apron and narrowly missing a crash. Buescher, who finished with the third fastest time in the earlier practice, ran the 13th fastest lap before heading into the garage after the close call.
Miguel Paludo, driver of the No. 32 Chevrolet, drove the third fastest lap, .194 seconds behind leader Greenfield. Ryan Truex raced fourth, .210 seconds behind the leader, followed by fellow rookie Brennan Newberry, who had a fastest lap of 47.687. Darrell Wallace Jr., also racing his full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule this year, took the 29th-fastest lap.
Timothy Peters led a team draft of Red Horse Racing drivers John Wes Townley and German Quiroga. Peters's fastest time of 47.774 on lap 3 gave him the seventh-fastest lap of the day and the second-fastest of the Toytota field behind Johnny Sauter.
Kyle Busch headed over to take part in the practice straight from Victory Lane -- where he earned a fourth-place start in the Daytona 500 -- joining in just as the pack thinned out. Busch benefitted from latching on to his own driver Joey Coulter, bringing him to a fastest lap of 20th. Busch ran seven laps, while Coulter ran 15.
Last year's NextEra Energy Resources 250 winner John King had the 31st fastest lap, running 8 laps. Jennifer Jo Cobb, who was only able to complete two laps because of issues with her No. 10 Chevy, finished with the slowest time, 14.107 seconds behind the leader.
While there were no significant wrecks in the practice, David Starr blew a tire on his 11th lap, sending him into the wall and sending sparks flying. No other cars were damaged in the incident, but Starr returned to the garage as the track was cleared of debris.
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