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Hamlin, Allmendinger top Cup practice sessions

February 19, 2014, Staff report,

Multiple accidents cut Wednesday's first Daytona 500 practice session short

The Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series hit the pavement Wednesday for practices ahead of Friday's NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1) and Sunday's Daytona 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX).

Stay tuned for updates and full practice recaps as the on-track action unfolds this afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.

Camping World Truck Series practice (Results)

Camping World Truck Series rookie Ben Kennedy paced the field in opening practice for the NextEra 250 on Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway.

Kennedy, who had one top-five finish in five Truck Series starts last season, notched a fast lap of 192.806 mph on his 20th circuit. The Daytona Beach, Fla., native made up half of a Turner Scott Motorsports sweep of the first two spots, the other going to Ron Hornaday Jr. (192.291).

Reigning series champion Matt Crafton (190.763) was next on the charts, while Joey Coulter (190.666) and John Wes Townley (190.492) followed to complete the top five. Crafton's teammate Johnny Sauter was sixth with a speed of 190.239.

Midway through the session, Brennan Newberry's hood flew up over his roof, but he was able to avoid a major incident.

Sprint Cup Series first practice (Results)

AJ Allmendinger was the fastest car out there in the first Daytona 500 practice of the day, but that certainly wasn't the story.

A pair of accidents kept the track time short in the session, as rookie Parker Kligerman went for a long slide on his roof after the front end of his No. 30 car got on top of the outside wall and into the catchfence as part of a multi-car crash that marred and eventually ended opening Sprint Cup Series practice Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway.

The accident came moments after an earlier wreck involving Cole Whitt and Brian Vickers, which proved just a prelude to the bigger one to come, and forced a number of drivers into backup cars.

The full top five was Allmendinger (199.575 mph), Vickers (199.327), Joey Logano (198.456), Trevor Bayne (198.308) and Michael Waltrip (198.308).

Sprint Cup Series second practice (Results)

The second practice of the day for the Sprint Cup Series was far less eventful. The session started 15 minutes earlier to make up for the first practice being cut short.

Denny Hamlin, who won the Sprint Unlimited last Saturday and also topped the final practice before that event, led the second session on Wednesday. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver posted a speed of 199.574 mph to pace the practice.

Kasey Kahne was second on the speed charts (199.570 mph), followed by Waltrip (198.965 mph), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (198.776 mph) and Greg Biffle (198.627 mph).

There are no Sprint Cup practices on Thursday, but the Budweiser Duels will take place starting at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports 1. The Nationwide Series and the Truck Series will take to the track on Thursday afternoon before the Duels. 


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