Kyle Busch tops first of today’s two Daytona 500 practice sessions

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Kyle Busch knocked Daytona 500 front-row starter Jimmie Johnson from the top spot late in today’s first 500 practice session with a lap of 200.776 mph in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Johnson, a two-time 500 winner, was fastest for much of the 45-minute run before his best lap of 200.530 mph was eclipsed by Busch.

2011 500 champ and Roush Fenway Racing Cup newcomer Trevor Bayne was third-fastest at 200.053 mph. Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Kasey Kahne, was fourth on the time sheets at 199.858 mph, and the top-five was completed by 2008 500 winner Ryan Newman, who posted a top lap of 199.645 mph.

The early moments of the session saw Danica Patrick, Jeb Burton, Denny Hamlin, Casey Mears, and Michael Annett involved in an accident that forced Patrick, Annett, and rookie Burton to backup machines.

JGR reported that their driver, Hamlin, took cosmetic damage to the left side and right front fender of his No. 11 Toyota but would not need to go to a backup himself.

A second practice session will take place today at 3:15 p.m. ET.

Daytona 500 Practice 3
Daytona International Speedway
1. Kyle Busch, 200.776 mph … 24 laps run
2. Jimmie Johnson, 200.530 … 21 laps run
3. Trevor Bayne, 200.053 … 17 laps run
4. Kasey Kahne, 199.858 … 16 laps run
5. Ryan Newman, 199.645 … 23 laps run
6. Brian Scott, 199.552 … 17 laps run
7. Jeff Gordon, 199.437 … 20 laps run
8. Casey Mears, 199.313 … 13 laps run
9. Michael Waltrip, 199.164 … 12 laps run
10. David Gilliland, 199.150 … 12 laps run
11. David Ragan, 199.146 … 12 laps run
12. Justin Marks, 198.921 … 17 laps run
13. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 198.869 … 19 laps run
14. Tony Stewart, 198.702 … 26 laps run
15. Carl Edwards, 198.684 … 13 laps run
16. Paul Menard, 198.264 … 14 laps run
17. Justin Allgaier, 198.129 … 9 laps run
18. Josh Wise, 197.972 … 12 laps run
19. Denny Hamlin, 197.928 … 16 laps run
20. Ty Dillon, 197.694 … 16 laps run
21. Austin Dillon, 197.663 … 13 laps run
22. Landon Cassill, 196.850 … 9 laps run
23. Kevin Harvick, 196.640 … 10 laps run
24. Brad Keselowski, 196.447 … 6 laps run
25. Michael McDowell, 195.537 … 8 laps run
26. Sam Hornish Jr., 195.499 … 11 laps run
27. Ryan Blaney, 195.427 … 8 laps run
28. Greg Biffle, 194.961 .. 10 laps run
29. Jeb Burton, 194.767 … 1 lap run
30. Michael Annett, 194.738 … 1 lap run
31. Matt Kenseth, 194.489 … 16 laps run
32. Kyle Larson, 194.275 … 1 lap run
33. Kurt Busch, 193.970 … 15 laps run
34. Joey Logano, 193.332 … 14 laps run
35. Clint Bowyer, 193.199 … 5 laps run
36. Jamie McMurray, 192.674 … 9 laps run
37. A.J. Allmendinger, 192.489 … 11 laps run
38. Alex Bowman, 192.489 … 2 laps run
39. Aric Almirola, 192.102 … 8 laps run
40. Danica Patrick, 192.090 … 1 lap run
41. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 191.636 … 11 laps run
42. Cole Whitt, 191.355 … 7 laps run
43. Ron Hornaday Jr., 188.913 … 5 laps run
44. Bobby Labonte, 0.000 … 0 laps run

Best 10-Consecutive Lap Average
1. Kyle Busch, 197.905 mph … Laps 15-24
2. Kasey Kahne, 197.672 … Laps 2-11
3. Jeff Gordon, 197.591 … Laps 2-11
4. Carl Edwards, 197.521 … Laps 4-13
5. Tony Stewart, 197.509 … Laps 4-13
6. Jimmie Johnson, 197.420 … Laps 12-21
7. Michael Waltrip, 197.373 … Laps 3-12
8. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 197.338 … Laps 1-10
9. Brian Scott, 197.274 … Laps 3-12
10. Trevor Bayne, 197.158 … Laps 4-13
11. Justin Marks, 197.136 … Laps 7-16
12. Denny Hamlin, 197.086 … Laps 7-16
13. Ryan Newman, 196.743 … Laps 13-22
14. Austin Dillon, 196.510 … Laps 2-11
15. Ty Dillon, 196.487 … Laps 1-10
16. Paul Menard, 196.263 … Laps 4-13
17. Casey Mears, 196.166 … Laps 3-12