Two spins produced one backup car on Wednesday.
Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne got turned around during Sprint Cup practice sessions, but Kahne got the raw end of the deal.
Keselowski was hit from behind by Clint Bowyer in the first practice, which sent Keselowski’s No. 2 Dodge spinning through the infield grass. He sustained no serious damage.
Khane, however, was forced to a backup car after being hit by Juan Pablo Montoya in the second practice. Khane will start his 150-mile qualifying race today from the rear of the field.
“It’s hard to point fingers at anyone, you know? It’s just that everybody is trying to get speed and go. But I didn’t spin out by myself,” Kahne said.
“It’s not like he was trying. He was trying to push you and get going; he just hit me in the wrong spot at the wrong time.”
Osborne returns to track
Bob Osborne, crew chief for driver Carl Edwards, made his first appearance of Speedweeks on Wednesday. Osborne attended his father’s funeral last weekend and missed the Budweiser Shootout.
Edwards said Osborne was doing well.
“He is a tough guy. It is neat to see him back here at the race track. I can’t speak for him but it seems like he is enjoying it. I walked in there this morning and he had the pole award trophy on the desk in the hall and that was pretty cool,” said Edwards, who won the pole for Sunday’s Daytona 500.
“I don’t think there could be a better way to get this thing started this week, especially with everything that has gone on with Bob and his family, than for us to be on the pole. I hope the week goes well for him and we have a good, solid run.”
ESPN to continue non-stop Chase coverage
ESPN will once again use its “NASCAR NonStop” coverage during the 10 Chase races this season, which runs commercials side-by-side with live racing action in the second half of races.
“That worked out quite well for us. We got a lot of good feedback on the research side and audience analysis side on how positive our NASCAR nonstop initiative was,” said Rich Feinberg, ESPN’s vice president of motorsports.
Fox will also use side-by-side commercials during the final hour of its broadcast of Sunday’s Daytona 500.
NASCAR makes small change
Because of the likelihood of higher temperatures on Thursday, NASCAR made a small change to its aerodynamics package for the Cup series.
Teams were allowed to slightly increase the pressure of their radiator pressure relief valve to take into account higher temperatures.