Day two of NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway got off to a fast start. The Richard Childress Racing group topped the speed charts as single car runs once again dominated the session.
Jeff Burton was fastest with a speed of 194.805 mph, teammate Kevin Harvick followed suit with a speed of 193.557 mph. Matt Kenseth separated Paul Menard from his teammates with Menard running the fourth best speed. Rookie Austin Dillon, in a fourth RCR machine is testing various engine packages for the team today but still pulled out the 10th fastest time in single car runs during the morning session.
The first incident on track with the Gen 6 car featured Dave Blaney. Blaney’s Tommy Baldwin Racing number 36 broke loose coming off of turn two and slapped the outside wall with the right front. Damage continued along the right side of the car and rear quarter panels and bumper. Unfortunately for Blaney and TBR, the team does not have a backup nor replacement parts. The damage put an end to their Daytona test.
The team posted this on their official Facebook Page, “After a bit of bad luck, our Daytona testing is done. Dave made contact with the wall off of Turn 2. We don’t have a backup, so we will go back to the shop and fix this car to get it ready for the Daytona 500.”
For the stat lovers out there, here is the official timing and scoring from the morning practice session.