Danicka Patrick’s winning noise quieted down for a few hours on Saturday to make room for 2004 Daytona Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Daytona star topped the speed chart during the practice session before Sunday’s Dayton 500 debut, according to a Feb. 23 ABC News report.
Earnhardt reportedly averaged 198.592 around the 2.5 mile superspeedway. He was trailed by David Gilliland, Clint Bowyer, Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola.
Recent pole winner Patrick and her racing teammate Tony Stewart were among those who skipped the 1.5 hour final tuneup. Also skipping the session were triple Dayton 500 champion Jeff Gordon, 2010 winner Jamie Murray, Casey Mears, Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek , Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth.
Gordon and the team are all geared up for Sunday’s race. “We don't have any plans to go out,” Gordon said. “We feel like this entire week we have been able to learn everything we need to get prepared for the race tomorrow. ... We've got a great race car. We are excited. We've got a great opportunity here.”
Earnhardt’s top speed is a huge boost to his and the team’s confidence after he finished eighth in the Spring Unlimited and ninth in his qualifying race.
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