Robby Gordon Fastest In Coke Zero 400 Happy Hour At Daytona

Dustin H.Correspondent IJuly 1, 2010

TALLADEGA, AL - APRIL 23:  Robby Gordon drives the #7 Monster Energy Toyota during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 23, 2010 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Robby Gordon was fastest in a rain shortened, crash filled Nascar Sprint Cup Series Happy Hour at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday for the Coke Zero 400 Saturday night at Daytona. A bigger restrictor plate and a rear spoiler made the speeds go way up, cars were loose and drivers on edge, a recipe for the big one, and that happened late in the practice session with Kyle Busch making contact on the backstretch with Denny Hamlin collecting Reed Sorenson, Robert Richardson Jr and Tony Stewart. Kyle Busch was already in a backup car, along with Kasey Kahne and David Ragan, who were involved in a practice crash earlier on Thursday. Dale Earnhardt Jr also found the wall, making contact early in practice, but was able to continue on.

Jeff Gordon did top the speed charts in the five,10,15, and 20 lap averages, but as anyone knows anything can happen and more than likely will at Daytona. Restrictor plate racing is loved by some fans and some drivers, but some dislike it. Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 is Friday at 4 pm on Speed with the Coke Zero 400 at 6:30pm on TNT Saturday.

Coke Zero 400 Final Practice Daytona International Speedway.

  1. Robby Gordon
  2. Greg Biffle
  3. Marcos Ambrose
  4. Kasey Kahne
  5. AJ Allmendinger
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. David Ragan
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Paul Menard
  10. Juan Pablo Montoya

Kevin Harvick comes into Daytona the Sprint Cup Point Leader, and Tony Stewart won the Coke Zero 400 one year ago at Daytona.