Dale Earnhardt Jr. tops final Daytona 500 practice

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The final practice session for the Daytona 500 has concluded with two-time winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishing with the fastest speed.

Earnhardt told Fox Sports 1 his speed of 197.131 mph is a result of getting caught up in a draft despite trying to make a single-car run.

Earnhardt was followed by the three Team Penske affiliated cars in Joey Logano (196.369), Ryan Blaney (196.288) and Brad Keselowski (196.262) mph.

The fifth-fastest driver was Kurt Busch (196.061 mph). Fifteen teams did not see the track in the 90-minute session.

Here’s the speed chart for the final Daytona 500 practice.

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