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Gerhart, BKR duo top Daytona NNS, Truck practices

February 20, 2014, Staff report,

Joe Gibbs Racing, Gerhart lead NNS practices, Reddick, Blaney fast in trucks

Nationwide Series practice (Get results)

Elliott Sadler piloted his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota atop the leaderboard in the first of two NASCAR Nationwide Series practices at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday afternoon.

Sadler's 187.986 mph on his 11th lap highlighted a JGR sweep of the first three spots, as teammates Matt Kenseth (187.876 mph) and Kyle Busch (187.746 mph) were right behind the veteran.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (186.819 mph) was fourth, while RSS Racing's Ryan Sieg completed the top five with a speed of 186.811 mph.

Other notables were Brad Keselowski (6th, 186.796 mph), Chase Elliott (8th, 186.726 mph), Kyle Larson (186.575 mph), Danica Patrick (12th, 186.556 mph) and Regan Smith (13th, 186.540 mph).

Camping World Truck Series practice  (Get results)

A pair of Brad Keselowski Racing drivers topped the early Camping World Truck Series practice Thursday, as Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney each topped 190 mph on their second laps.

Reddick (190.090 mph) and Blaney (190.058 mph) each set the pace, as Ryan Truex (189.613 mph), Darrell Wallace Jr. (189.064 mph) and reigning series champion Matt Crafton (189.040 mph) rounded out the top five.

Jeb Burton, (188.553 mph) running in a third ThorSport entry for Daytona, was eighth in the No. 13 Toyota. Ben Kennedy, who took yesterday's practice, was 11th on the board at 188.265 mph. Former series champ Ron Hornaday Jr., running a Turner Scott Motorsports ride, was 12th at 188.037 mph.

Nationwide Series final practice (Get results)

Bobby Gerhart led a thinned out crowd in the final Nationwide Series practice at Daytona on Thursday.

Gerhart, who is fielding his own No. 85 entry and has 11 Nationwide starts since 2001, ran his fifth lap at a clip of 189.342 mph.

Scott Lagasse Jr. (189.239 mph) was second, followed by Ryan Reed (188.640 mph), Dakoda Armstrong (188.636 mph) and Chris Buescher (188.576 mph) to round out the top-five.

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Elliott Sadler, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch were absent from the final practice after topping the leaderboard in the first session.

Camping World Truck Series final practice (Get results)

Ryan Blaney backed up his strong showing in early NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, topping the final practice session for Friday night's NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1).

Blaney turned a lap of 190.775 mph in the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford, edging Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch's No. 51 Toyota (190.468) atop the leaderboard. Defending series champion Matt Crafton was third-fastest with Ross Chastain and Jeb Burton completing the top five on the speed chart.

The 80-minute session was slowed for debris when the side window flew off Justin Jennings' No. 63 Chevrolet in the trioval. The window was hit by another truck and flew up and over the flagstand at the start-finish line, narrowly missing NASCAR flagman Rodney Wise, who ducked to avoid being hit.


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