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New cars try their hand at the draft

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

NASCAR teams tried their hand in larger pack racing for the first time Friday.

At the start of Friday afternoon’s test session at Daytona International Speedway, 14 cars elected to run together to get a feel of race conditions for next month’s Sprint Cup Series season opener.

It marked the first time the 2013 model Cup cars, which feature greater manufacturer identity, ran in anything comparable to race conditions.

Trevor Bayne, the 2010 Daytona 500 champion, topped the speed chart during the run with an average lap speed at 199.650 mph. Joey Logano was second fastest and Martin Truex Jr. third.

The only incident during the early drafting session was Greg Biffle spinning off Turn 4. He didn’t hit anything and immediately returned to the garage.

There were no obvious attempts by drivers to attempt to push one another - or "bump draft" - a technique which has led in recent seasons to the use of two-car drafting tandems, unpopular with many fans.