Byron leads a parade of Chevys in Friday Daytona 500 practice

William Byron continued his strong Daytona Speedweeks performance, leading the way in Friday’s lone NASCAR Cup Series practice.

Byron leads a parade of Chevys in Friday Daytona 500 practice

“Working with Chad (Knaus, crew chief), he’s actually the first crew chief I’ve worked with since legend cars, to work with for a second time,” Byron said. “I’m just really excited about that, having some consistency there.

“It’s going to be fun. If we can start the year off fast-paced, I think it’s going to make things fall in line a lot easier.”

Chase Elliott ended up third (203.869 mph), Ty Dillon fourth and rookie Tyler Reddick completed the top-five as Chevrolet drivers claimed the top-seven spots.

Rounding out the top-10 speeds were Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr.

Only 32 of the 40 cars entered in the race elected to run during the practice, including just one (Cole Custer) of the four Stewart-Haas Racing drivers.

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Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 24 United States William Byron Chevrolet 27 43.991     204.587
2 37 United States Ryan Preece Chevrolet 24 44.097 0.106 0.106 204.096
3 9 United States Chase Elliott Chevrolet 32 44.146 0.155 0.049 203.869
4 13 United States Ty Dillon Chevrolet 29 44.243 0.252 0.097 203.422
5 8 United States Tyler Reddick Chevrolet 27 44.352 0.361 0.109 202.922
6 48 United States Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28 44.401 0.410 0.049 202.698
7 88 United States Alex Bowman Chevrolet 27 44.410 0.419 0.009 202.657
8 11 United States Denny Hamlin Toyota 28 44.594 0.603 0.184 201.821
9 20 United States Erik Jones Toyota 27 44.596 0.605 0.002 201.812
10 19 United States Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 27 44.596 0.605 0.000 201.812
11 95 United States Christopher Bell Toyota 31 44.624 0.633 0.028 201.685
12 18 United States Kyle Busch Toyota 28 44.624 0.633 0.000 201.685
13 17 United States Chris Buescher Ford 27 44.729 0.738 0.105 201.212
14 22 United States Joey Logano Ford 31 44.768 0.777 0.039 201.036
15 41 United States Cole Custer Ford 16 44.808 0.817 0.040 200.857
16 36 United States David Ragan Ford 27 44.819 0.828 0.011 200.808
17 38 United States John Hunter Nemechek Ford 30 44.836 0.845 0.017 200.732
18 21 United States Matt DiBenedetto Ford 15 44.865 0.874 0.029 200.602
19 12 United States Ryan Blaney Ford 28 44.877 0.886 0.012 200.548
20 6 United States Ryan Newman Ford 16 44.878 0.887 0.001 200.544
21 2 United States Brad Keselowski Ford 27 44.964 0.973 0.086 200.160
22 34 United States Michael McDowell Ford 28 44.967 0.976 0.003 200.147
23 77 United States Ross Chastain Chevrolet 26 44.971 0.980 0.004 200.129
24 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr. Chevrolet 15 45.029 1.038 0.058 199.871
25 47 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Chevrolet 20 45.468 1.477 0.439 197.941
26 3 United States Austin Dillon Chevrolet 19 45.570 1.579 0.102 197.498
27 15 United States Brennan Poole Chevrolet 9 45.967 1.976 0.397 195.793
28 16 United States Justin Haley Chevrolet 14 45.976 1.985 0.009 195.754
29 51 United States Joey Gase Chevrolet 4 47.294 3.303 1.318 190.299
30 42 United States Kyle Larson Chevrolet 21 47.320 3.329 0.026 190.194
31 1 United States Kurt Busch Chevrolet 16 47.476 3.485 0.156 189.569
32 32 United States Corey Lajoie Ford 9 48.954 4.963 1.478 183.846
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