Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dodges fast in Cup practice

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The fastest Dodge in Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday was Reed Sorenson's No. 43, which was only 28th fastest. But things were looking up for the Dodge boys after drafting practice Wednesday morning.
Kasey Kahne was fastest at 190.944 mph in his No. 9 Dodge with Kurt Busch second in the No. 2 Dodge and Sam Hornish Jr. third best in the No. 77.
Casey Mears had the fastest Chevrolet, fourth best overall. Michael Waltrip had the fastest Toyota, fifth best overall, one spot ahead of rookie Joey Logano. Logano's crew, however, had to work on some cosmetic damage to the No. 20 Toyota after Logano brushed the wall.
Matt Kenseth was seventh fastest and best among the Fords. Jamie McMurray, Mark Martin and David Stremme rounded out the top 10.
Mike Skinner was fastest among the go-or-go-home cars in the No. 23 Chevrolet at 188.770 mph.
Ryan Newman apparently lost an engine in his Chevrolet during the session.
The first Truck Series practice of the season is about to begin on another sunny, warm day at Datyona.


Monkeesfan said...

I wasn't able to see the practice today, so I'm operating blindfolded here. For what it's worth, some thusly uninformed comments on the resulting bull sheet -

* Of the top ten on the bull sheet the only ones I can consider legit as far as the racing later this week goes are Kahne, Busch, Kenseth, and McMurray. Martin I'm a little iffy on and I don't take Hornish, Mears, Logano, or Stremme seriously.

* Of the second ten - Montoya, Vickers, Robby Gordon (because despite what happened last Saturday he usually runs well on the plate tracks), Edwards, and Jeffy look like legit contenders.

* From what I saw Saturday night, Junior still isn't fitting in the overall Hendrick scheme; ninth isn't bad but it wasn't all that good, and 22nd on the sheet seems about what he's run all week.

* Guys way down the sheet who I think are a lot better than that include Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Sorenson, Allmendinger, and Regan Smith.