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Allmendinger, Reutimann fastest in Cup practices

July 04, 2013, Staff report,

Bowyer bettered by slimmest of margins in opener | Practice results

David Reuitmann followed up a 28th-place spot in the leaderboard in the opening Sprint Cup Series practice by taking the final session at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday.


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Reutimann, whose best speed was 197.889 earlier in the day, ran his second lap in 45.561 seconds for a best speed of 197.537 to top the 17-driver field. David Ragan (197.442, 45.583), Marcos Ambrose (197.373, 45.599), Jeff Gordon (197.347, 45.605) and Michael Waltrip (196.721, 45.750) rounded out the top-five. Tony Stewart was 16th out of the 17th drivers, despite completing a practice-high 19 laps.

In the opening session, AJ Allmendinger was one of just two drivers to break the 200 mph barrier. Allmendinger, who recently earned his first NASCAR national series victory at the Nationwide Series race at Road America, ran his fourth lap in 44.951 seconds, averaging a best speed of 200.218 mph. Clint Bowyer was right behind him, running the 2.5 mile tri-oval in 44.952 seconds.

Carl Edwards (199.831, 45.038), Juan Pablo Montoya (199.707, 45.066) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (199.344, 45.148) rounded out the top-five. Danica Patrick, who earned the pole earlier this season for the Daytona 500, was seventh on the leaderboard.

Points leader Jimmie Johnson (198.636, 45.309) was 10th, while restrictor-plate maven Matt Kenseth (198.566, 45.325) followed in 11th. Reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski (198.531, 45.333) was 13th and ran the most laps of the session with 31. Gordon (197.252, 45.627) ran 25 laps, but found himself in 32nd on the leaderboard.



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