Rain shortens Friday's Daytona 500 practice
February 21, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Friday's opening practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series here at Daytona International Speedway was cut short by rain showers.
Inclement weather arrived with approximately 20 minutes remaining in what was scheduled to be an 85-minute session. The weather delayed -- before eventually cutting short -- NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying, which in turn caused the cancellation of the day's second scheduled Sprint Cup practice.
Roush Fenway Racing teammates Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (197.027 mph) and Greg Biffle (196.954 mph) were fastest before the rain arrived. Danica Patrick, David Gilliland and Tony Stewart were third through fifth.
Twenty-nine of the 43 teams slated to compete in Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500 took part in the session, including pole winner Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing), who was 21st.
Jeff Gordon came in sixth on the speed chart with a speed of 196.066 mph, followed by Paul Menard (196.023 mph), Ryan Newman (195.976 mph), Kasey Kahne (195.967 mph) and Denny Hamlin (195.729).
Hamlin won last week's Sprint Unlimited, and followed that up with a victory in the second of two Budweiser Duel races on Thursday night.