So the final practice session ended a few hours ago and it was relatively uneventful.
Clint Bowyer, who skipped Friday's practice, probably wishes he'd have skipped Saturday's as well as he spanked the wall the wall during the session.
Carl Edwards topped the time sheet with a speed of 191.034 mph, but didn't put much stock in it.
“The speeds don’t really mean too much because it’s just about luck and where you end up in the pack, but the way the car is handling is really good," Edwards said. "We could actually get out there and lead a little bit. It’s gonna be a fun race. I’m really excited.”
"We’re gonna be great if it’s nice and slick. If the tires are an issue, I think that’s gonna play into our hands. I think Bob and the guys have really done a good job of getting the car to handle really well. The biggest concern is just being caught up in something, whether it’s tire related or making a mistake out there. That’s the biggest concern is getting to the end of the race. If we’re there at the end on the last lap, and we’re running in the top 10, we’re gonna have a really good shot at it.”
A couple of the Hendrick favorites didn't spend a whole lot of time on the track. Dale Earnhardt Jr. did 13 laps and Jeff Gordon 12. Jimmie Johhnson put in 21 laps of work, while Casey Mears spent 36 laps fine-tuning.
Joe Gibbs Racing, on the other hand, put a lot of effort into Saturday's session. Denny Hamlin did 41 laps, Tony Stewart 40 laps and Kyle Busch 28 laps.
The workhorses of the session were Reed Sorenson and Kasey Kahne. Sorennson did 50 laps, 1/4 of a Daytona 500, while was next with 46 laps. Could they perhaps have put a little too much wear and tear on their engines heading into Sunday's race.