By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor
Ultimately, it means very little, but with a lap of 199.349 mph Brian Scott paced Friday morning’s final practice session for the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday night.
Scott, who drives for Richard Petty Motorsports, has had a lackluster rookie season, so perhaps leading the speed charts in the drafting session can provide a confidence boost that will lead to results on the track.
Scott enters this weekend 30th in the championship standings, and he has yet to record a top-10 finish through 16 starts.
Austin Dillon was second-fastest in the session, followed by Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and David Gilliland.
Gilliland and Josh Wise each had their times disallowed however, when their cars were too heavy in the rear after the session.
Last week’s winner, Tony Stewart was 22nd in the session, while perineal Daytona favorite, Dale Earnhardt Jr. recorded the 32nd-fastest speed of the morning.
The session was halted with less than 10 minutes remaining because of a horrific crash involving Kyle Busch. Busch climbed from his car unharmed.