Michael McDowell Tops Daytona 500 Second Practice

Michael McDowell Tops Daytona 500 Second Practice

by February 14, 2015 0 comments

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By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Michael McDowell in the Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Thrivent Financial Ford Fusion set the fastest lap on Saturday during second practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

McDowell’s chart topping lap was 45.153 seconds at 199.322 mph. Jimmie Johnson was second by only .002 seconds, followed by Ty Dillon who trailed McDowell’s lap by .003 seconds. Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon were fourth and fifth respectively.

Martin Truex Jr. who was eighth fastest was only able to run three laps due to a crack in the oil pan. The team will not change engines heading into Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Sunday.

Not long after Truex Jr. pulled to the bottom of the track for his issue, the caution came out for Ryan Newman who experienced an engine failure after only running four laps. The team will change engines before tomorrow’s qualifying sessions.

“Something just happened in the bottom end of the motor going into Turn 3,” Newman said. “Everything was going as planned until then. The Caterpillar Chevrolet tried to diesel on me and it doesn’t like to diesel. We will change the motor, figure out what happened to this one and get ready for tonight with a different race car and qualifying tomorrow.”

Coors Light Pole Qualifying presented by Kroger will air live on FOX at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 15, and coverage for the Budweiser Duels will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 19. The 57th running of the Daytona 500 will be live on FOX at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday February 22.

Daytona 500 Second Practice Top-10:
1.) #95 Michael McDowell | Thrivent Financial | Ford | 45.153 seconds | 199.322 mph
2.) #48 Jimmie Johnson | Lowe’s | Chevy | 45.155 seconds | 199.313 mph
3.) #33 Ty Dillon | Cheerios | Chevy | 45.158 seconds | 199.300 mph
4.) 5 Kasey Kahne | Great Clips | Chevy | 45.208 seconds | 199.080 mph
5.) #24 Jeff Gordon | Drive To End Hunger | Chevy | 45.213 seconds | 199.058 mph
6.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. | Nationwide | Chevy | 45.214 seconds | 199.053 mph
7.) #27 Paul Menard | Peak/Menards | Chevy | 45.237 seconds | 198.952 mph
8.) #78 Martin Truex Jr. | Furniture Row/Visser Precision | Chevy | 45.318 seconds | 198.597
9.) #40 Landon Cassill | | Chevy | 45.374 seconds | 198.351 mph
10.) #2 Brad Keselowski | Miller Lite | Ford | 45.394 seconds | 198.264 mph

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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