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Rain ends second Shootout practice

Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:14 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 8:15 pm
 
By Pete Pistone

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Friday night's second scheduled Budweiser Shootout practice session was cut short due to rain showers.

The scheduled one hour session was derailed early when rain his the area only a few minutes into the practice. While NASCAR tried to dry the track, those efforts ended in short order and the rest of the session was aborted.

Jamie McMurray led the brief session with a speed of 197.698 miles per hour. Evening rain shortened Friday’s second practice for Sprint Cup drivers entered in Saturday’s Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

Drivers ran only a few minutes into the scheduled one-hour practice before a heavy mist forced NASCAR to red-flag the session. Jet dryers circled the track for a while, but officials soon cancelled the rest of the session.

Jamie McMurray led the brief session with a speed of 197.698 miles per hour. Juan Pablo Montoya, McMurray’s Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammate, was second at 197.694.

The practice was the last before Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout, a 75-lap race that will mark the first competition of the 2012 season. 

 
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