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Team Penske Paces Second Daytona 500 Practice

It’s a good day to be a part of Team Penske.

Teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski topped the final Daytona 500 practice of the day Saturday, with laps of 195.933 mph and 195.848, respectively. Ryan Blaney, whose Wood Brothers Racing Ford shares a technical alliance with Penske, slotted in third with a lap of 195.797.

Fourth and fifth went to the Busch brothers, with Kurt Busch in fourth (194.877) and Kyle Busch in fifth (194.696).

The top 10 was rounded out by Matt Kenseth (194.338), Kevin Harvick (194.045), Chase Elliott (193.995), Carl Edwards (193.986) and Greg Biffle (193.907).

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who led the first practice session, was 11th with a lap of 193.823. Other notable lap times were put up by Brian Scott (192.976 – 17th fastest), Ty Dillon (192.918 – 18th fastest) and Clint Bowyer (190.609 – 34th fastest).

Forty-two cars took laps during the practice, which was held just an hour following the first practice of the day. The slowest three cars belonged to David Ragan (188.608), Reed Sorenson (187.021) and Josh Wise (186.227).

With practice complete, teams will turn their attention to Sunday’s Daytona 500 qualifying session. The two-round format will be contested using single-car runs. The top two qualifiers will have their starting position for the 500 set, while the remaining 38 spots will be filled primarily through the Can-Am Duels on Thursday.

Qualifying can be seen Sunday on FOX starting at 1 pm.

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