William Byron fastest in second Daytona 500 practice

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Rookie William Byron posted the fastest speed in the second practice session for the 60th Daytona 500.

The driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet put down the top speed of 201.681 mph around the 2.5-mile track.

The Hendrick Motorsports’ driver led Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (201.649), Joey Logano (201.608), Denny Hamlin (201.464) and David Ragan (201.054).

Hamlin recorded the most laps in the session with 24. All 40 cars in the field made a lap in the session. There were no accidents.

Logano had the best 10-lap average at 198.239 mph.

Byron had a close call toward the end of the session while running in a pack of cars. Byron, running in the middle of the track, drifted down and touched the right rear of Stenhouse, briefly getting the No. 17 Ford loose.

“That was one of those ‘Oh, shoot’ moments,” Byron told Fox Sports 1. “That was a lot of fun. That was the best chance for me to really learn what I needed to do in the draft. I’m really glad we got it warmed up in the draft. It’s chance also to see how our Axalta Chevy handles. It handles good, it has a lot of speed. Hopefully we can keep that going and just learn a little bit. Definitely, he lanes are always jostling. Especially in practice you don’t really have a clear lane of where you’re supposed to be. It’s good for me to learn that.”

Cup teams will return to the track tomorrow for Daytona 500 pole qualifying and the Advance Auto Parts Clash.

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