Michael McDowell opens Daytona 500 defense with top practice speed

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — No surprise this time. Michael McDowell and Ford topped the leaderboard again at Daytona. McDowell opened the first Daytona 500 practice session with a top speed of 192,736 mph, the first time NASCAR showed off its new car at the track ahead of Sunday’s sold-out race. McDowell, last season’s stunning winner …

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