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Stenhouse paces shortened Daytona 500 practice

February 21, 2014, Staff report,

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. set the pace in Friday's opening Daytona 500 practice, clocking a fast lap of 197.027 mph at Daytona International Speedway.

Stenhouse, entering his second full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season in Roush Fenway Racing's No. 17 Ford, was 17 hundreths of a second faster than teammate Greg Biffle, who ran 196.954 mph in the No. 16 Ford.

Danica Patrick, last year's Coors Light Pole Award winner for the Daytona 500, was third-fastest (196.915 mph) in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. David Gilliland and Tony Stewart, Patrick's car owner, completed the top five.

The session was halted by rain after approximately 60 minutes in what was scheduled to be an 85-minute session.The track dried for the start of qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series but rain interrupted the session, forcing Friday's second 85-minute practice session for the Daytona 500 to be canceled.

The resumption of qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and knockout-style time trials for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, are also on the schedule before the Truck Series' season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1).


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