NNS: Daytona Test Day One Recap

It was a long day of testing at the Daytona International Speedway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers for the two day event. Many drivers took laps in the draft to get a great idea of how they’ll run during the race in February as others made only single car runs.

Chase Elliott was the fastest in the afternoon session with a fast lap of 47.874 seconds, 187.993 mph. He was 16th on the speed chart during the morning session. Elliott will make his first restrictor plate start during the ARCA Racing Series race to further prepare for the Nationwide Series season opener during speedweeks.

Bill Elliott found himself second on the speed chart in the afternoon session with a fast lap of 47.879 seconds, 187.974 mph. Elliott was just 0.005 seconds off of his son’s fastest lap time of the afternoon. He ran a total of 65 laps during the afternoon with his fastest lap on his 46th. Bill Elliott was eighth on the sheet during the morning session.

Ragan Smith was third on the board to make the top-three all JR. Motorsports Chevrolet’s with a time of 47.885 seconds, 187.950 mph. Smith completed a total of 55 laps during the afternoon session with his fastest lap on the 39th lap of his runs. He was 11th on the board during the morning session.

Ty Dillon was the highest finishing Richard Childress Racing driver when the testing session concluded this afternoon. Dillon finished the session with a speed of 187.805 mph, 47.922 seconds. He finished fifth in the a.m. session this morning at Daytona.

Trevor Bayne rounded out the top-five of the afternoon session with a lap of 47.938 seconds, 187.743 mph. Bayne was the highest finishing Ford in the two sessions combined at the Daytona International Speedway today. He finished the morning session in the seventh position right behind his teammate Ryan Reed.

Dylan Kwasniewski was the fastest during the morning session after running a fast lap of 49.071 seconds, 183.408 mph. Kwaasniewski ran a total of 30 laps of the session to help prepare him for possibly a February event on the big track. He competed in the Battle at the Beach at Daytona last season.

Testing will continue through tomorrow for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Daytona International Speedway. No live television coverage will be avalible for the event. You can follow the test via a live leaderboard on nascar.com.

Brett Winningham
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