Bowyer, Burton tops final Daytona practice

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, Last Updated: 1:31 PM ET

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Richard Childress Racing teammates Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton led the way in Saturday's final practice for the Daytona 500.

During the early stages of practice, Bowyer and Burton posted identical lap speeds at 200.316 m.p.h. around the newly-paved 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. The RCR duo were hooked up in a two-car draft when they posted their quickest laps. They were the only drivers who topped the 200 m.p.h. mark.

Burton won the second of last Thursday's two qualifying races for the Daytona 500, earning him the fourth starting position for NASCAR's most prestigious race of the season. Bowyer finished only 0.005 seconds behind Burton in that qualifier to give him the sixth spot in the Daytona 500.

Brad Keselowski was third quickest at 199.751 m.p.h., followed by Robby Gordon and Kurt Busch, who won the Budweiser Shootout one week ago and the first Daytona 500 qualifying race.

Regan Smith, Marcos Ambrose, David Ragan, Michael Waltrip, making his 25th consecutive start in the Daytona 500, and Martin Truex Jr. were sixth through 10th, respectively.

There were no incidents during the 90-minute practice.

Six drivers elected not to participate in the session. Among them were five-time defending Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, as well as former series champions Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.

Sunday's Daytona 500 is scheduled to start just after 1:00 p.m. (ET).


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